Dupont Street, 1870
Two girls crossing the street in Chinatown, ca. 1900. Photo by Arnold Genthe.
"In the heart of Chinatown, San Francisco, California, U.S.A." - taken around 1870
Chinese residents read news about Tong wars, San Francisco, 1875
Chinese theater, sometime in the 1880s.
Map of the bay area in 1868
A porter in Chinatown.
Chinatown in 1882. Looking west on Sacramento Street
Between 1839 and 1860, the violence of the Opium Wars drove many Chinese people to seek new lives in the U.S., drawn by the California Gold Rush and opportunities to work on the Transcontinental Railroad.