The first Chinese immigrants arrived in San Francisco in 1848, beating out the famed ’49ers with months to spare.
That makes Chinatown an older and more established San Francisco tradition than even the Gold Rush itself. Although in geographic terms it’s but a drop in the vast ocean of modern San Francisco, no neighborhood has left a larger mark on city history.
Some of these Chinatown landmarks have long since vanished, some have endured into the present day, and some are in flux, still extant but now quite changed from what first made them noteworthy.
Here’s just a glimpse of the neighborhood’s hallowed history, from 1850 to today.Read More