:   |   |   |  
| Email Alerts | New! Mobile Apps

Calif. High-Speed Rail Begins Search for Artifacts

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 10/21/2013 2:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Backhoes have begun digging up a parking lot in downtown Fresno in search of an underground network of tunnels and other artifacts from the Chinatown neighborhood that lies in the path of California's planned high-speed rail line.

Surveyors began the search for decades-old artifacts on Monday.

Community groups say that a network of tunnels that linked businesses, residences, gambling halls and houses of prostitution are a critically important piece of the city's cultural history.

Kathy Omachi, founder of the group Chinatown Revitalization, disputes an archaeological report by the California High-Speed Rail Authority that casts doubt on whether the tunnels exist. She says she has been taking groups on tours of the tunnels for years.

The once-bustling Chinatown was home to nearly a dozen ethnic communities, including African-Americans, Armenians and Greeks.
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Action News Now

No comments yet!
Purchase KHSL Video Clips!
Would you like to purchase a video clip you saw on Action News? Order here!
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.

© 2014 GOCOM Media of Northern California