California Historic Landmarks

Ah Louis Store

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Ah Louis Store
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Landmark Number: 802
Location: 800 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
Marker Plaque: Official State Plaque
Admission: None


From the plaque:

Here in 1874 was established Ah Louis' Store. The first Chinese store in the county, it sold general merchandise and herbs and served as a bank, counting house, and post office for the numerous Chinese coolies who dug the eight tunnels through the mountains of Questa for the Southern Pacific Railroad 1884 to 1894.

As of September, 2018, the site is a retail store.

Official State Marker Plaque



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