Legacy Communities: Walnut Grove

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The three legacy towns, Walnut Grove, Clarksburg, and Courtland, were established shortly after the first settlement in the Delta region. In this issue of Delta Voice, we focus on Walnut Grove, the legacy town known in the early years for its commercial and cultural establishments, including canneries, a theater, and several European-style hotels.

Walnut Grove remains the only early legacy town to occupy both sides of the river; you have to travel upriver to Red Bluff to find another town spanning the river. Initially, people would take the ferry across the river, until a bridge was built to connect the two sides. The late 1870’s brought about new development to the east side of the river, including a hotel, covered wharf, and warehouses. The west side of the river was primarily a suburb for Walnut Grove’s more prestigious families. These streets were given names such as “Asparagus Row” and the people considered themselves to be part of the “pearistocracy.”

In the mid-1870’s, the first Chinese settlement was founded in Walnut Grove. This eventually turned into the largest Chinatown in the Delta, which was comprised of two different residential groups: the Zhongshan and Sze Yup. Each group spoke a different dialect and settled in separate areas of town. A 1915 fire destroyed almost 100 structures and ultimately resulted in the Zhongshan relocating and building their own Chinatown in Locke, only a mile north of Walnut Grove. Another fire in 1937 destroyed the Sze Yup’s Chinatown in Walnut Grove; thus, almost all of the buildings standing today in Walnut Grove’s Chinatown are post-1937 era.

Currently, Walnut Grove is divided into three well-known sections. First, located on the high ridge of the east bank levee is the main business section. Behind the levee is old town, which includes some of the commercial activities Walnut Grove has to offer along with Chinatown and Japantown. Lastly, across the main bridge are stores, churches, and the “bedroom community.” Overall, this is a great little town and has something to offer everyone!

1Kabuki Gallery
1280 B Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.4488

2Market Street Gallery
14141 Market Street, Walnut Grove

3Walnut Grove Iron Works
14160 Market Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.2156
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4Mel's Mocha and Ice Cream
14131 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.4333
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2017 - DELI - 1ST PLACE

5Crazy by Design Custom Framing and Gallery
14114 Market Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.2684
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6Grand Island Vineyard
12484 CA-160, Walnut Grove
916.775.2111
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2018 - WINE TASTING - RUNNER UP

7Locke Historic District
Walnut Grove
916.776.1661
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8Six Hands Winery
13783 Isleton Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.2053
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9Tunnel Trailer Park
14370 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1859

10Al’s Place (Al the Wop's)
13943 Main Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.1800
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11The Tong Fine Art Gallery
14136 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.240.6097
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12Seeker
14141 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.6707

13Tesoros
1258 C Street, Walnut Grove
209.791.6808

14Delta Mercantile
14151 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.4422
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15Got-Cha-Covered Upholstery
14128 Market Street, Walnut Grove
916.730.5248
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16Wimpy's
13945 Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove
209.794.2544
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2017 - BREAKFAST - RUNNER-UP

17Alma’s Cafe
14147 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1323

18Tony's Place
14157 Market Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.1317
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2017 - BAR - RUNNER-UP

19Walnut Grove Pizza Factory
14127 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.2626
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20Snug Harbor Resorts
3356 Snug Harbor Drive, Walnut Grove
916.775.1455
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2017 - LODGING - RUNNER-UP

21Locke Boarding House Museum
13196 Main Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.1661
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2018 - MUSEUM - 1ST PLACE

22Dagmars Landing
14181 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1961
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23Boon Dox Dock
14175 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1611

24Cannery Landing RV Campground
14450 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.777.6653
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25Jean Harvie Community Center
14273 River Road, Walnut Grove
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26Delta Country Houseboats
Walnut Grove
916.776.1741

27Walnut Grove Marina
1400 Old Levee Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1181
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28Giusti's Place
14743 Thornton Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1808
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2017 - RESTAURANT - 1ST PLACE
BEST OF THE DELTA 2018 - FIRST DATE SPOT - RUNNER UP

29Ryde Hotel
14340 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1318
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30Landing 63
14031 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1050

31Walnut Grove Public Dock
14132 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1945

32Grand Island Mansion
13415 Grand Island Road, Walnut Grove
916.775.1705
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2018 - BRUNCH - 1ST PLACE

33Delta Islands Organic Farm
14740 Walnut Grove-Thornton Road, Walnut Grove
916.458.2225
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34Double M Farms
13171 Grand Island Road, Walnut Grove
916.775.1827
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35Dr. Paul Barnes Park Community Park
14156 Grove Street, Walnut Grove
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36Delta Heartbeat Tours
14090 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.4010
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37Hidden Harbor Marina
3100 Ryer Road, Walnut Grove
916.775.1313
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38Anchor Boat Storage
14410 Thornton-Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.5785

39Walnut Grove Chinese-American Historic District
Walnut Grove
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40Dai Loy Gambling House Museum
13951 Main Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.1661
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41Deckhand's Marine Supply
14090 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1370
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42Delta Heartbeat Tours
14090 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.4010
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43Marty Stanley Gallery
12484 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
Located at Grand Island Vineyards
916.718.1589
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44Wimpy's Marina
14001 Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove
Located near Thornton on the south fork of the Mokelumne River
209.794.2544
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