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Placer County

Located in the foothills east of Sacramento, the towns of Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, and Auburn were once surrounded by peach, plum, and pear orchards. Japanese farmers worked on a majority of the fruit ranches in this part of Placer County and supported a local economy of Japanese businesses. By the early 1900s, Penryn’s Japantown was established along Penryn Road and served as both a commercial and cultural center for many of the area’s Nikkei. Although smaller hubs, the neighboring towns of Loomis, Newcastle, and Auburn had several community institutions and Japanese businesses that catered to local residents and were mainstays of their respective communities.



Berkeley | Florin | Fresno | Guadalupe
Lodi | Long Beach | Marysville | Monterey
Oakland | Orange County | Oxnard
Pasadena | Petaluma | Placer County
Riverside | Santa Barbara | San Diego
Sawtelle | Terminal Island | Vacaville
Walnut Grove | Watsonville