[Ads-l] Antedating "hophead"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 3 15:54:04 EST 2017

On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 7:15 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Is "Hop" a Chinese word?

I don't know. However, Saint Louis's original Chinatown, long since buried
under what was once Busch Stadium, was known not as "Chinatown," but as
"_Hop_ Alley."

Gateway Heritage: Quarterly Journal of the Missouri Historical Society.
1996-1997, Volume 17
1996 - ‎Snippet view
Hop Alley, St. Louis's Chinese district, though smaller than coastal
Chinatowns, provided local experience in dealing with a Chinese

Green's Dictionary:

hop alley

1909  University Missourian (Columbia, MO) 18 Sept. 4/2: Chinese Reporter
Exposes ‘Hop Alley’ [...] Opium orgies in St Louis Chinatown.

By coincidence, Denver, CO's Chinatown was also known as "Hop Alley."

The Wildest of the West - Page 108
Forbes Parkhill - 1957 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
WHEN the Kansas Pacific Railroad was completed to Denver in 1870, members
of a gang of Chinese-coolie track-laborers were discharged, forming the
first inhabitants of the city's Chinatown, later known as "Hop Alley."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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