1933, to construct
Los Angeles' now famous Union Station, a thriving Chinese community
of about 3,000 people that dated back to the 1880s was displaced.
Brick and wooden buildings were razed and fill dirt used to
support the train center and level the tracks.
Fast forward a century. In 1987, workers building L.A.'s Metro
Rail discovered the long entombed Chinatown and archaeologists
were brought in.
Now, using a searchable
database,* you can view more than 1,000 objects from the
excavations. These include figurines, jars, bowls, ivory toothbrushes,
teapots, jewelry, toys, imported and domestic glass containers,
cooking vessels and ceramic items.
*To access the search engine on the database page above click
on "Chinese Historical Society of Southern California"
Digital archiving made possible by the John Randolph Haynes
and Dora Haynes Foundation