Locke Boarding House Museum Point of Interest

UPDATE (May 1, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this park is open to local residents, they must abide by the following guidelines:

Recreate Responsibly
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

  • Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
  • Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
  • Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
  • Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
    • Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings. For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
    • Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
  • Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.

Phone Number

(916) 776-1661

Park Hours

Tuesdays & Fridays, (12pm–4pm)
Saturdays & Sundays (11am–3pm)

Dogs Allowed?


Driving Directions to Locke Boarding House Museum

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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Historical/Cultural Site

Locke Boarding House

Locke Boarding House exteriorOnce known as the Jack Ross Boardinghouse, the Locke Boarding House was constructed in 1909, prior to the formal development of the town of Locke.  Chinese men working on the construction of the Southern Pacific Railroad boarded in the small establishment which was located near the Southern Pacific Railroad shipping warehouse.  The Kuramoto family operated the boarding house from 1921 until they were interned during World War II in 1942.  The family did not return to resume operation of the Boarding House after the war.  In 2008 it became the Locke Boarding House, a unit of the state park system. Today, the boarding house is operated in partnership with the Locke Foundation as a museum that provides visitors a glimpse into the past.


town of LockeNational Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.  Locke Boarding House is a contributor to the Locke Historic District, a Chinese-American Community established in 1915 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1990.  More than fifty remaining commercial and residential buildings constitute the village of Locke, the largest and most intact surviving example of an historic rural Chinese-American community in the United States and the only remaining example in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.


Location - Directions

Located about 30 miles south of Sacramento and 30 miles north of Stockton, in the heart of the Sacramento Delta.

Six miles from I-5 - take Twin Cities Road west, to River Road south. Turn left onto Locke Road. 

13916 Main St, Locke, CA 95690   

Facilities and Activities

Locke Boarding House Museum interiorThe Locke Boarding House Museum is open to the public free of charge.

Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays noon-4:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11:00am – 3:00pm




Locke town signThe entire town of Locke is a historical site, but is also a living community with year-round residents. Many individuals have devoted their time, energy, and resources to ensuring Locke retains its authenticity, charm and history. Locke is small, but you can easily spend hours at the Boarding House and other museums, and strolling in and out of alleys, gardens, galleries, and stores. There are no fees to visit the town. Guided tours of the town are available for a small fee to groups with a minimum of ten people Friday through Sunday. You can find more information on the Locke Foundation’s website by clicking this LINK