Varrio Alpine Street, downtown Los Angeles, (1890 – 1995)

Varrio Alpine Street

Varrio Alpine Street was a predominately Mexican-American street gang located in the central area of Los Angeles near the Angelino Heights in Chinatown along Alpine Street. The gang started around 1890 and began to fade away about 100 years after it’s founding during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

During is early years, in the late 19th Century, it was ethnically mix with Mexican, Irish, Italian and Jewish members. By the 1930s, it was mostly Hispanic, and by the 1960s, the community was becoming majority Asian, with a growing Chinese population. The Chinese settled this part of Los Angeles and established the “New Chinatown” after their original neighborhood was destroyed for the construction of Union Station in old Varrio Macy Street neighborhood.

Today, the Alpine neighborhood is a predominately Chinese residential area that serves Los Angeles’ New Chinatown. If Alpine Street were active today, it would be the oldest street gang in Los Angeles.

Deceased members from Alpine Street

  1. David “Peanut” Williams

60 Comments for “Varrio Alpine Street, downtown Los Angeles, (1890 – 1995)”

  1. LA LOCA LORRAINE

    ALPINE STREET GANG IS LEGEND!!!!MUCH RESPECTS 2/SHADY.PORKY.NEGRO.SANTOS.FLACO.(R.I.P)SPOOKY..

    • a home chick

      who are you? a homegirl or a hogirl? never knew of you, maybe just the homeboys knew you

    • liferswife

      I know Porky, Negro, Santos, and Flaco, (both flacos), and spooky, why do you have a RIP? who died, and I do not know a shady, I’ve been around since 1974, married to Dreamer from Alpine, Big Dreamer.

      • Caesar

        Santos and I went to Our Lady Queen of Angeles Middle School which was located at 725 N. Hill Street between Ord and Alpine streets in 1969-1970. His name was Agustin Meza, but we all called him Augie. The following year he ended up at Thomas Starr King Middle School. After that I lost contact with him I have always wondered what became of him. Can anybody tell me what ever became of him?.

      • ann

        I know Porky as Mark, Negro as Jesse. There brothers,
        Flaco I think is Andrew. I hope there alive & well.

        • Larry

          What’s up Pinky? This is Dreamer,s homeboy Lil Man.

        • liferswife

          @ Ann, you got their names right, I’ve recently seen Negro and Flaco (andrew), they are both alive, I haven’t heard any bad news about Porky (mark) but I know he’s still with his wife shorty

  2. UR MOM'S CAMOTE

    i heard they were in chinatown….

    • Puppert

      Yes that was our neigborhood, Best neigborhood for a gang, vatos did held their own, used to hang at snoopy hamberger stand and the playground across the street. admire the girl at queen of angels.

      • vlad

        Snoopy’s was on the corner of Yale and Alpine, which was right across the street from a almond cookie factory. Same street as Castelar Elementary School. Gotta go back in the day to remember that one.

      • liferswife

        Who are you? do you remember Raul, Norma, Bertha and Ilma? we all lived on Bunkerhill and Boston, across from the little park and behind the lumber yard.

        • Mj

          I think I knew Norma and maybe she had a sister Yolanda? My mom was Shorty or Tina and was a friend of theirs. We lived in the Dorothy Mae Apts on Sunset and I went to Castelar.

        • puppet

          does any one here remembers payaso? he went to queen of angels back in 67/68.

  3. ese squiggy

    THESE VATOS ARE OLSKOOL!! NOT BIG BUT HELD THEIR OWN.THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS CHANGED AND THE GANG HAS FADED OUT BUT THESE VATOS LEFT THEIR MARK ON CHICANO CHOLO CULTURE.

    • Puppert

      from chicanos to chinese mostly yes the vario change a lot. I hang out back in the late sixties. pretty much like chavez ravine, gone but i am glad its not forgotten.

  4. Puppert

    This is a cool site, brought back some old memories from back in the days. i like the comment. and the info on Vario Alpine.

  5. Puppet

    missed spell puppet / not puppert

  6. liferswife

    My husband is Dreamer from Alpine Street Gang, Raul Escarcega, he was the most respected gangsters around at the time, always a leader never a follower. Everyone always gathered at our house or at the little park across the street from our house, we’ve been together since 1974. We are still in the neighborhood even though things have changed.

  7. ?

    who did they beef with?

  8. Jacque Fresco

    I’m a newer generation from WS OLB. Our turf consumes of the old Alpines’. I can only assume what Alpine st did for the chicano culture. How did they leave their mark?

  9. guest

    Does anybody remembers the Chairez family from the old neighborhood?

  10. dreamer

    SUP IM DREAMER FROM LA LOMA, ONE OF THE LAST GENERATIONS OF LA LOMA, GREW UP ON SOLANO AVE AND BROADWAY(LOWER SOLANO)

  11. WEST-TEMPLE STREET - 213

    I remember Alpine St from about 1973 a home-girl from AST and TST had a party for both hood’s to celebrate a new home they just moved into – those where the dayz in LA the Varrio’s started wearing click on the back of the sweet shirts our’s then was Tiny loco’s -vato, I think Alpine also had TL’s ??

  12. Larry

    This is Lil Man fr. Alpine St .Tiny Winos.. What’s up homies/home girls? Call me .323 774 4267

  13. Larry

    What’s up Puppet ? Reach out and touch me. Lil,Man Alpine St. T.W.S.

  14. Larry

    What’s up PINKY ?… THIS DREAMER,S HOMEBOY LIL MAN.

  15. vlad

    RIP Peanut aka David Williams. Ran with Alpine in the 50’s and 60’s. He lived on Hill Place his entire life, and mostly laughed about his time with Alpine. Orale, Cacahuate!

  16. Caesar

    Santos and I went to Our Lady Queen of Angels Middle School in 1969-1970. The following year he ended up at Thomas Starr King Middle School. His name was Agustin Meza, but everybody called him Augie. Often I wonder what ever became of him. Can anybody tell me how he is?

  17. red flag

    What was alpine st relations with the Chinese gangs in Chinatown back then like wah ching Viet ching and chinatown homeboys? It’s a trip how chinatown homeboys is a sureno Chinese gang. It was Kool to see an alpine street veterano hangin with chinatown homeboys. Lots of history around here.

  18. bobby

    from around 1965-69 does anyone know what happened to Louie and his brother Artura who went by the name little Louie? i used to hang around with Little Louie after he got out of Federal prison in 65′ I was from hollywood Nite Owls

  19. LORRAINE RODRIQUEZ

    ANYONE KNOW BROTHERS GEORGE,ROMEN ND BRYON.

  20. LORRAINE RODRIQUEZ

    ANYONE KNOW OF GEORGE,ROMEN ND BYRON..(BROTHERS) LIVED ON BARTLETT ST. ND HILL.

    LOCA LORRAINE

  21. jojojo

    MY DAD AND UNCLE WERE FROM ALPINE JOE BARELA AND HENRY BARELA

    • Pinky

      my husband Dreamer has been looking for your uncle Joe, they did time together.

    • Larry Martinez

      Your dad and use to hang around with my uncles Daniel aka perico and Frank aka fearless. Fr.Alpine St.. Daniel went to Belmont high school. With Henry.. I’m Larry Martinez, lil,’ man Alpine t.w.s .

  22. Andrew DiConti

    Lived on Alpine 1942-43. Went to Castelar Elementary. My classmates were of Hispanic or Cantonese origins. As an boy of Italian roots from Chicago, it was a cultural experience. I was eventually accepted by my classmates of Hispanic roots who gave me my own placa.

  23. Larry Martinez

    Anybody from Alpine St call me ,Lil’ Man Alpine tiny winos..(Larry Martinez, 323 434-4930.

  24. streetgangs.com/billboard

    Sign up for streetgangs.com/billboard to chop it up about real varrio history

  25. Sonny

    My Great Grandfather and his brothers were Pachucos from Alpine, they called my great grandfather ‘Boy’ and his brothers ‘jj’ and ‘reindeer’

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