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Quon Sang Lung Laundry Building
The Quon Sang Lung Laundry is an excellent example of typical 19th century western Chinese Laundry. The building it was houses within was a boomtown-style wood structure situated in the Fort Macleod Provincial Historic Area, Alberta. The photograph below is of a similar Chinese Laundry building, located in High River Alberta, that dates to approximately the same time period as the Quon Sang Lung building.
Built in the mid-1800s, the structure was one of the four buildings comprising Fort Macleod’s Chinatown. The building was home to a variety of businesses during its history, being used as a laundry shop, boarding house, herb store, and lately as a storage area.
The association of the building with Chinese immigration and settlement, and in particular the emergence of Chinese-owned businesses in early twentieth-century Alberta, made the Quon Sang Lung Laundry a unique and very significant historic resource.