The Last Chinatown
Yes, before there were Oakland Chinatown and International Boulevard, Marysville was considered the third Chinatown behind San Francisco and Sacramento.
You see, during the Gold Rush of the mid-nineteenth century, many Chinese settled in the rural town of Marysville. However, over the years, the lure of city life drained most of its Chinese population and rich culture.
Now, some Chinese Americans are returning to the town of Marysville to revive and preserve what's left of some historical structures and culture. Renovation plans are underway to build a Chinese museum.
We have a responsibility to preserve and promote our history.