Chinatown, Salt Lake City

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This article is about the old Chinatown in Salt Lake City. For the newer Chinatown, see South Salt Lake, Utah
Salt Lake City Chinatown
Men lounging outside saloon & Chinese laundry, Salt Lake City, 1910
Men lounging outside saloon & Chinese laundry, Salt Lake City, 1910
Coordinates: 40°45′0″N 111°53′0″W / 40.75000°N 111.88333°W / 40.75000; -111.88333Coordinates: 40°45′0″N 111°53′0″W / 40.75000°N 111.88333°W / 40.75000; -111.88333
Country  United States
State Utah
City Salt Lake City

Historically, the city of Salt Lake City, Utah, had a Chinatown that was located in a section called "Plum Alley" that contained a Chinese population that worked in the mining camps and the transcontinental railroad. The first Chinese peoples came in the 1860s and had formed a historical Chinatown in a section called "Plum Alley" on Second South Street which lasted until 1952. The area had a network of laundromats, restaurants and oriental specialty shops.

While most residents kept within their micro-community, the residents did take part in some local Salt Lake City traditions. According to the tourist sign located at the former Chinatown, the Salt Lake City's New Year's Day Parade featured a "200 foot long Chinese dragon."[1] According to KUED TV, Plum Alley was eventually razed "... and was replaced by Regent Street Parking Terrace".[2] According to KUED, around 1,800 Chinese lived here with "... a network of laundries, restaurants, Oriental specialty shops..." and "... gambling joints, providing the social outlet for many of the lonely residents..." who were bachelors.[2]


  1. ^ "Plum Alley Today".
  2. ^ a b "The Hidden History of Plum Alley, Salt Lake's Chinatown" Archived 2013-04-15 at, University of Utah: KUED 7
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