Riverside’s historic Korea Town recognized

 

Riverside’s historic Korea Town recognized

A plaque was placed Thursday at the former Pachappa Camp.

The site of Riverside’s historic Korea Town was formally recognized Thursday, March 23, when officials installed a plaque marking it as a point of cultural interest.

The spot on Howard Avenue at Cottage Street was part of the former Pachappa Camp, which supporters say was the first organized Korean American settlement on the U.S. mainland. Korean independence leader Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and his family also spent time there.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, Key Cheol Lee, Korea’s consul general in Los Angeles, and officials from the Southern California Gas Co. attended the plaque unveiling. The gas company owns the land where Pachappa Camp once sat.

The Riverside City Council voted in December to make Pachappa Camp the city’s first point of cultural interest, after a campaign by officials at UC Riverside’s Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies and research by the city’s historic preservation officer.

The new designation was created because the site isn’t eligible for other types of historic recognition because none of the original buildings remain.

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