Richmond

2:45pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Revisiting Richmond's boxcar village

Emily DeCory’s family was one of many Laguna tribe families that moved to Richmond, California, to work on the railroad.

Some of the first people in the Bay Area were Native Americans – members of the Ohlone tribe, who settled around what is now the city of Richmond. Beginning in the 1920s, another group of Native people found their way to the Bay Area. They were migrants from the Acoma and Laguna tribes of the Southwest. When they arrived, they took up an unusual living arrangement: in boxcars, parked on the dead ends of the city’s railroad tracks.

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