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Group wants to save historic structures in Lethbridge’s shrinking Chinatown

 Group wants to save historic structures in Lethbridge’s shrinking Chinatown

Published on: April 14, 2015
Last Updated: April 14, 2015 7:53 AM MDT

Walking through the green doors of the Bow on Tong building in downtown Lethbridge is like stepping back in time nearly a century.

The walls inside the two-storey, brick, commercial building are lined with dozens of drawers, each labelled with Chinese characters. Pull open a drawer and you could find traditional natural medicine, such as dried bugs, from decades ago when a Chinese apothecary began operating in the building.

“(The building) hasn’t been changed since it was built in 1919. Everything is original,” said Melissa Belter, with the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ. “You don’t find that very often.”

 

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