Butte County California Chinese Immigrants

THE CHINESE COMMUNITIES OF OROVILLE:

A BRIEF SKETCH


CHINESE TRUCK GARDENS



In 1854 a “China Garden” was established west of the Oroville Chinatown, size was slightly more than two acres (Chan 1986:96). The plot had been purchased by Ah Jim and Company from Jack Wesson, who also operated a garden in this area. The purchase price was $700. This garden plot was in use for more than fifty years. Today, the plot is a city park in a residential neighborhood. (The park is located several blocks from the present-day temple). Chinese truck gardeners usually operated with two partners, but in the valley towns larger partnerships were the rule. The 1880s saw a boycott instigated against the Chinese vegetable peddlers in Oroville (Mansfield 1918:305). Italian gardeners were suggested to replace them.