Kwan Tai Temple

Peering in the window of this 1852 temple reveals an old altar dedicated to the Chinese god of war. Tours are available by appointment and provide a fascinating insight into the history of the area's Chinese American immigrants, dating from the mid-19th century when they worked in the lumber industry.

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