Japanese pioneers first settled in Lodi in 1890
This early 1900s photograph shows Lodi's Japantown on Main Street, looking north from the Pine Street intersection just east of the Lodi Arch and the Southern Pacific railroad tracks. (Courtesy photo)
Posted: Saturday, April 3, 2010 12:00 am
The sugar beet fields a few miles away in the Delta attracted the first Japanese immigrants to Lodi.
Seven men came to work in the fields in 1890, according to information the late Jim Sasaki gathered for a speech he gave at a San Joaquin County Historical Society meeting in 1979.
Saturday, April 3, 2010 12:00 am.