About Taoist Temple

The Taoist Temple at No. 12 China Alley in Hanford, in Kings County, California, dates from 1893. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1972.[1] It is historically significant as a surviving authentic structure from Hanford's Chinatown, after it moved to the 200-foot long China Alley in the 1890s, after a fire in the previous Chinatown area. China Alley served the second largest population of Chinese in the U.S., behind San Francisco. The temple itself was argued in its NRHP nomination to be valuable "as an example of typical late 19th century indigenous construction, with oriental overtones.... in keeping with the theme of the original Hanford Chinese settlement and with the buildings still remaining." The Taoist Temple Museum is open for tours once a month.