Japantown Atlas - Central California - Fresno Outskirts

Fresno's Outlying Japanese American Businesses of 1940


From its early days, Fresno was segregated along the Southern Pacific railroad tracks; Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, and other people of color generally had to live in Chinatown or West Fresno. The 1940 directory lists numerous businesses in West Fresno a small handful downtown and a couple farther north or east. Here is a sampling of sites that were extant in 2007.

On this overview map, Japanese American busineses in Chinatown are shown only with dots -- see full map or detail.for names.