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!

1Seeker
13952 Main Street, Locke
916.776.6707
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2020 - SOUVENIR & GIFT SHOPPING - RUNNER-UP

2Tunnel Trailer Park
14370 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1859

3Grand Island Vineyard
12484 CA-160, Walnut Grove
916.775.2111
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2019 - WINE CLUB - RUNNER-UP

4Six Hands Winery
13783 Isleton Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.2053
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5Market Street Gallery
14141 Market Street, Walnut Grove
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6Locke Historic District
Walnut Grove
916.776.1661
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7Jean Harvie Community Center
14273 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.875.6336
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8Locke Boarding House Museum
13196 Main Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.1661
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2020 - MUSEUM OR VISITOR CENTER - 1ST PLACE AND BEST OF THE DELTA 2019 - HISTORIC BUILDING - 1ST PLACE

9Walnut Grove Iron Works
14160 Market Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.2156
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10Al’s Place (Al the Wop's)
13943 Main Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.1800
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11Wimpy's Marina & Cafe
14001 Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove
209.794.2544
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12Got-Cha-Covered Upholstery
14128 Market Street, Walnut Grove
916.730.5248
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13Tesoros Gift & Thrift
1258 C Street, Walnut Grove
209.791.6808

14Walnut Grove Pizza Factory
14127 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.2626
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15Tony's Place
14157 Market Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.1317
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2020 - BAR - RUNNER-UP AND MUSIC & DANCING - RUNNER-UP

16Snug Harbor Resorts
3356 Snug Harbor Drive, Walnut Grove
916.775.1455
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17Alma’s Cafe
14147 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1323
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18Mel's Mocha and Ice Cream
14131 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.4333
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19Dr. Paul Barnes Community Park
14156 Grove Street, Walnut Grove
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20Ryde Hotel
14340 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1318
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21Landing 63
14031 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1050

22Walnut Grove Marina
1400 Old Levee Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1181
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23Giusti's Place
14743 Old Walnut Grove Thornton Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1808
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2019 - WATERFRONT RESTAURANT - RUNNER-UP

24Deckhand's Marine Supply
14090 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1370
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25Hidden Harbor Marina
3100 Ryer Road, Walnut Grove
916.775.1313
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26Boon Dox Dock
14175 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1611

27Dagmars Landing
14181 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.1961
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28Cannery Landing RV Campground
14450 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.777.6653
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29Dai Loy Gambling House Museum
13951 Main Street, Walnut Grove
916.776.1661
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30Delta Heartbeat Tours
14090 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
916.776.4010
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2019 - DELTA TOUR - 1ST PLACE

31Delta Islands Organic Farm
14740 Walnut Grove-Thornton Road, Walnut Grove
916.458.2225
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32Walnut Grove Chinese-American Historic District
Walnut Grove
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33Anchor Boat Storage
14410 Thornton-Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.5785

34Walnut Grove Public Dock
14132 River Road, Walnut Grove
916.776.1945
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35Grand Island Mansion
13415 Grand Island Road, Walnut Grove
916.775.1705
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BEST OF THE DELTA 2020 - WEDDING VENUE - 1ST PLACE

36Double M Farms
13161 Grand Island Road, Walnut Grove
916.257.9613
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37Marty Stanley Gallery
12484 State Highway 160, Walnut Grove
Located at Grand Island Vineyards
916.718.1589
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