National Geographic : 1954 Jun
728 Howell Walker, National Geographic Staff Pagoda-roofed Street Lamps with Tinkling Bells Line Chinatown's Grant Avenue San Francisco shelters more Chinese than any other place outside the Far East. Their ancestors first came a century ago, fleeing famine in China and seeking work in the gold fields. Oriental trimmings seen here were intro duced after the great earthquake and fire of 1906, which razed the old Chinatown once famed for opium dens and tong wars. Today's settlement wears Western garb and mixes American slang with singsong Cantonese.