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China Lake Park

Chinese Garden. Pierce County.
Chinese Garden was a series of vegetable gardens in the City of Tacoma. They extended from S. 9th Avenue northward along Broadway near St. Helens Avenue in the 1880s. Reference: Chin and Chin 2013: 37.

China Lake. Pierce County.
China Lake is the place name on maps for China Lake Park. See China Lake Park, Pierce County.

China Lake Park. Pierce County.
China Lake Park is located at 1811 S. Shirley Street, City of Tacoma. Established in 1943 with one acre, it now covers 11 acres. Chinese may have operated vegetable gardens there in the 1870s-1880s. See China Lake Trail. References: “China Lake Park;” Keller-Schloz.

China Lake Nature Area. Pierce County.
This is an alternate name for China Lake Park. See China Lake Park, Pierce County.

China Lake Trail, Pierce County.
The trail winds through China Lake Park. See China Lake Park, Pierce County.

Fuzhou Ting, Pierce County.
Fuzhou Ting is within Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, City of Tacoma. The 30x40 foot pavilion was donated (design, materials, construction) to the City of Tacoma by Fuzhou, China, its sister city. The pavilion was completed in 2011. See Chinese Reconciliation Park, Pierce County. Reference: MetroPark, n.d. Photo.

Hatch Mill, Pierce County.
Hatch Mill was on Pacific Avenue in the town of Tacoma. Housing of the Chinese at the mill was burned on November 5, 1885 as a result of anti-Chinese activates. Reference: Hildebrandt 1977: 48.

Little Canton, Pierce County.
Little Canton was an alternate for Tacoma Chinatown. See Tacoma Chinatown, Pierce County.

Tacoma Chinatown, Pierce County.
Tacoma Chinatown encompassed an area roughly bounded by today’s Broadway to S. Eleventh Street and S. Thirteenth Street to include Commerce Street to S. Seventh Street to S. Ninth Street. The area was characterized by clusters of Chinese businesses and residences. Many living quarters were along the railroad right of way and on today’s E. Dock Street. By the early 1880's, there were approximately 800 Chinese. They worked as merchants, domestic workers, and in laundries and the lumber mills. On November 4, 1885, non-Chinese drove the Chinese out, burning their buildings two days later. References: Chin and Chin: 37; “Chinatown, Tacoma.”

Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park. Pierce County.
Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park is at 1741 N. Schuster Parkway in the City of Tacoma. Along the shore line of Commencement Bay, it covers 3.9 acres and has trails, pond, pavilion, and garden. The Remembrance Garden is an acknowledgment of the forceful eviction of Chinese in 1885 and celebrates Tacoma’s diverse heritage. See Fuzhou Ting, Pierce County. Reference: “Tacoma Chinese Park.” Photo.

Tacoma Chinese Park. Pierce County.
Tacoma Chinese Park is an alternate name for Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park. See Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, Pierce County.

The Chinese Museum. Pierce County.
The Chinese Museum was at the corner of N. 26th Street and Carr Street, City of Tacoma. It contained Chinese art pieces and artifacts, supposedly from the Peking throne room of the Emperor of China. They were brought there in 1937 for safe keeping during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The museum ceased to function in 1947 and the disposition of the art and artifacts is unknown. The building was destroyed in the 1980s. Reference: “Sutter’s Chinese Puzzle.”

Chin, Art and Doug Chin. 2013. Chinese in Washington State. Seattle, Washington: OCA Greater Seattle.

China Lake Park.” n.d. Metro Parks Tacoma. http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/ Accessed October 18/2017.

Chinatown, Tacoma.” n.d. Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaa. https://en.wikipedia.org/ Accessed September 10, 2017.

Hildebrandt, Lorraine Barker. 1977. Straw Hats, Sandals, and Steel. Tacoma, Washington: The Washington State American Bicentennial Commission.

Keller-Schloz, Claire (via Susan Gordon). 2018. February 27, Metro Parks Tacoma’s curator of history and culture. Email correspondence.

MetroPark. n.d. "Fuzhou Ting." https://www.metropark.org/place/fuzhou-ting. Accessed January 6, 2020.

Sutter’s Chinese Puzzle.” 2018. Tacoma History. https://tacomahistory.live.com/ accessed may 10.2018.

Tacoma Chinese Park.” n.d. Tacoma Chinese Park Project Foundation. http://www.tacomachinesepark.org/ Accessed October 17, 2017.