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History of Modesto, California, USA

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Modesto, California, USA

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Modesto was originally a stop on the railroad connecting Sacramento to Los Angeles. At its founding in 1870, it was to be named Ralston after financier William C. Ralston. Ralston's modesty prompted him to ask that another name be found, and the town was named Modesto in recognition of his modesty.

Modesto was incorporated in 1884 with a population of over 1,000.

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  • 1870 - Modesto’s first post office was established in November of 1870 on 9th Street (then called Front Street)

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  • 1870 - The first Central Pacific train reached Modesto on October 11, 1870, allowing local farmers to transport their dryland wheat to the Bay Area and providing passenger service.

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  • 1871 - The arrival of the Central Pacific Railroad increased Modesto’s importance and the county seat was moved from Knights Ferry in an election on September 6, 1871.

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  • 1872 - Community baseball was organized in 1872, becoming the (independent) minor league Modesto Reds in the 1890s.

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  • The City of Modesto was incorporated on August 6, 1884.

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  • Electric lights illuminated Modesto for the first time in early 1891.
    "The city’s first sewer system was built in 1892, with a main on 9th Street draining laterals into the Tuolumne River. The city’s first public water...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Modesto
    Modes'to, a prosperous post-village, capital of Stanislaus co., Cal., is on the Visalia division of the Central Pacific Railroad, in the San Joaquin...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Modesto, a banking city, capital of Stanislaus co., Cal., on the Southern Pacific R., in the San Joaquin Valley, near the Tuolumne River, 30 miles S. ...Read MORE...


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    Modesto Creamery

    "After the turn of the century, Modesto Creamery began manufacturing ice locally."
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  • News 1937 - THREE DIE WHEN TRAIN HITS AUTO LEAVING RANCH NEAR MODESTO; CAR IS DEMOLISHED. THIRD VICTIM OF AUTOMOBILE COLLISION SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES.
    Modesto, Calif. - FRANK G. BORGES, 45, driver of the car; MIKE SEQUERIA, 47 and MRS. EMILY FRANCIS, about 38, were killed yesterday when a Southern...Read MORE...




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Modesto Creamery

"After the turn of the century, Modesto Creamery began manufacturing ice locally."
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Modesto Blizzard
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History and News of Modesto, California, USA

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  • 1870 - Modesto’s first post office was established in November of 1870 on 9th Street (then called Front Street)

    www.modestogov.com
  • 1870 - The first Central Pacific train reached Modesto on October 11, 1870, allowing local farmers to transport their dryland wheat to the Bay Area and providing passenger service.

    www.modestogov.com
  • 1871 - The arrival of the Central Pacific Railroad increased Modesto’s importance and the county seat was moved from Knights Ferry in an election on September 6, 1871.

    www.modestogov.com
  • 1872 - Community baseball was organized in 1872, becoming the (independent) minor league Modesto Reds in the 1890s.

    www.modestogov.com
  • The City of Modesto was incorporated on August 6, 1884.

    www.modestogov.com
  • Electric lights illuminated Modesto for the first time in early 1891.
    "The city’s first sewer system was built in 1892, with a main on 9th Street draining laterals into the Tuolumne River. The city’s first public water... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Modesto
    Modes'to, a prosperous post-village, capital of Stanislaus co., Cal., is on the Visalia division of the Central Pacific Railroad, in the San Joaquin... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Modesto, a banking city, capital of Stanislaus co., Cal., on the Southern Pacific R., in the San Joaquin Valley, near the Tuolumne River, 30 miles S. ... Read MORE...

  • News  1937 - THREE DIE WHEN TRAIN HITS AUTO LEAVING RANCH NEAR MODESTO; CAR IS DEMOLISHED. THIRD VICTIM OF AUTOMOBILE COLLISION SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES.
    Modesto, Calif. - FRANK G. BORGES, 45, driver of the car; MIKE SEQUERIA, 47 and MRS. EMILY FRANCIS, about 38, were killed yesterday when a Southern... Read MORE...

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