Down by the Station

Chinese kindergarten
Chinese kindergarten, circa 1900.

Chinese procession
Chinese Rituals Procession, Los Angeles, circa 1900
The Chinese maintained traditional practice of wedding and
funeral processions in Chinatown. Bunker Hill is in the distant scenery.
Courtesy of Seaver Center for Western History Research
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.


From the collection of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Want to know more?
"Down by the Station," by archaelogist
Roberta Greenwood (published University of California, Los Angeles) goes into rich detail that must be read and seen to be believed. Available from CHSSC.

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Monkey figurine

In 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" at top.)



Digital archiving made possible by the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation

Special thanks:

Randall Bloch
Crista Burch
Eugene Cooper
Margaret Hom
S. Lee
Franklin Mah
Melvin Mar
Gene Moy
Derek Yip
Henrietta Yuan