In 1876, when Ventura’s first census was taken, 200 Chinese were counted among the population of 1,500 in the city.
The rise and fall of Ventura’s Chinatown beside Mission San Buenaventura is the focus of a walking tour on Saturday.
“They were the first migrant farm laborers in the county and helped to plant and harvest the major crop of that time, which was lima beans,” said Richard Senate. Senate will act as guide and recount tales of the lives, homes and businesses of the Chinese immigrants, their fire company and events that led to their neighborhood’s decline.
Today little remains of Chinatown.
“There is no monument to mark this great group of people who prospered in the face of prejudice,” said Senate, adding the tour will “refocus attention on the faces of these early pioneers.”
Senate is historic sites facility manager for the city of Ventura. The free, one-hour tour will begin at 1 p.m. at the Albinger Archaeological Museum, 113 E. Main St.