August 21's Fact of the Week: Calle de Los Negros

In 1870, the first identifiable Chinatown in Los Angeles, California, was situated on Calle de Los Negros - Street of the Dark Hued Ones. Much smaller than the vibrant Chinatowns today, the first Chinatown was a short alley 50 feet wide, and one block long between El Pueblo Plaza and Old Arcadia Street. Despite the discrimination, the Chinese immigrants held a dominant economic position in the Los Angeles laundry and produce industries during this period. With the rise of businesses, the Chinatown flourished, expanding eastward from the Plaza across Almadea Street and eventually attaining a population of over 3,000.