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Locke Historic District

Locke, California
County of Sacramento.
National Register Number: 71000174
Resource type: District.
Property type: Historic District: Historical. The threat level was Watch in
2004.
Congressional District: CA-10 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Historic district.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 14, 1990):
Founded in 1915, Locke is the largest and most intact surviving example of an historic rural Chinese-American community in the United States, including more than 50 commercial and residential frame buildings and covering approximately 14 acres along the east bank of the Sacramento River, south of the city of Sacramento. Locke is the only such community remaining in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which was a particularly important area of rural Chinese settlement.

Condition:
Locke was purchased by Sacramento County. The county has upgraded the sewer system, to address some of the problems, although drainage and runoff from the adjacent levee still pose a threat. The wooden framed structures are closely spaced on Main Street and are vulnerable to fire. The California State Historic Preservation Office has identified the district and several other adjacent historic towns and districts as a potential heritage corridor. Changes: Sacramento County is in the process of installing sprinklers on the exterior of the small buildings on Main Street. Additional funding is needed to provide additional fire suppression on both the interior and exterior of the closely spaced wooden structures and other improvements. Commendation: Sacramento County has made a concerted effort to upgrade the utilities and infrastructure of the historic district.

The county is in the process of installing sprinklers on the exterior of the small buildings on Main Street. Sacramento County should be commended for making a concerted effort to upgrade the utilities and infrastructure of the historic district. The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency has received a 2004 Save America's Treasures matching award in the amount of $ 450,000 to address the most serious preservation issues in the frame Locke Boarding House, which is a pivotal structure in the National Historic Landmark community.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Additional funding is needed to provide additional fire suppression on both the interior and exterior of the wooden structures and other improvements.


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