Chamber of Commerce.
Modesto is located on State Highway 99, the major north-south business route within California. Interstate 5 is just 20 miles to the west. Route 99 is 9th street which runs through downtown Modesto to Ceres. This route is longer than even I-5. It breaks off of I-5 before Chico and ends past Bakersfield before the Grapevine to Los Angeles. Route 99 continues on into Canada.
Modesto has access to three major Pacific ports -Port of Stockton, Oakland, and San Francisco. Modesto is accessible by its local metropolitan airport which provides weekly flights to Las Vegas and daily flights to Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angles.
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moderate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Spring and Fall seasons are quite comfortable. Most rain falls from November until March. This is also the time of dense fog in the area. The highest temperature on record for Modesto was 113 F. in 2006 and the lowest temperature was 18 F. in 1932.
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Modesto was to be named Ralston after a prominent San Francisco banker named William Ralston, but he declined the offer, so citizens named the city after his modesty using the spanish word "Modesto".
The downtown Modesto arch was built in 1912. The arch has 668 lights and is 25 feet high at its center. The length of the span is 75 feet across I Street. The slogan on the arch, Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health, was chosen during a contest in 1911. Sam Harbaugh's slogan won the $ 3.00 prize.
People and businesses began to come in 1870 when the new town was announced. The end of the line was at Modesto by 8 November 1870. The new area was rather bleak with few trees or plants, but lots of sand. By the early 1900's, Modesto had grown to over 4,000 citizens. It soon became known as the "Rose City" and the "Garden City" for the beauty of its yards and gardens.
Take a historical photo tour of Modesto. See some great old pictures!
Modesto Centre Plaza - State Of The Art Meeting/Convention Center which includes a 16,000 square foot exhibit hall, meeting rooms totaling 4,000 sq. feet and a 300-seat lecture hall.
Mc Henry Mansion and Museum of Art & History
located downtown is a beautiful remodeled Victorian mansion - free tours are given.
1402 I Street
The McHenry Museum offers a unique history of Stanislaus Pioneers and old Modesto and Stanislaus County. It is located down the street from the McHenry Mansion. The McHenry Village is one of the largest shopping centers in town. McClatchy Square is just across the street from the beautiful McHenry Mansion. It represents gardens and recreation area for downtown goers and the "paper boy" statue with a boy delivering copies of the Bee and a dog at his side.
See Photographs of Modesto.
Modesto has been an "All American City" in both 1954 and 1972. It has been a Tree City USA for many years.
The Modesto Arch (9th & I streets) - Built in 1912, this Orange-rust color arch is one of the few remaining in California. The arch is popular for what it displays, which is the city motto: MODESTO (Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health).
Vintage Faire Mall (Located off Hwy99 @ the Standiford Exit) - Since 1977, The mall offers over 115 specialty stores including Macys, GAP, and Sears. The mall is the largest throughout the region.
The Stanislaus Cruisers
Professional Soccer Club
A great city with a great future, that's Modesto -a city that offers a very desirable lifestyle. Modesto is conveniently located between the California Coast and the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, both are just a short drive away. Modesto is the largest city in Stanislaus County, which ranks 7th in California for agricultural production, with an annual income of $ 1.3 billion.
The Hershey's Chocolate Factory
provides information onthe chocolate and watch how your chocolate is made and eat it in the visitor center park! The E & J Gallo Winery is the largest winery in the world and taste the wine! Downtown Modesto has a new 18 screen cinema, located along with Tenth Street Place or Tenth Street Plaza. With restraunts, galleries, fountains, offices, parking levels, Hotels, and a flower clock, one clock of only 3 in the U.S. The Galo Arts Center is expected to open in Spring of 2006 that will attract valley goers throughout the region. With 400-1,000 seat theatres and art paintings with plays from California State Univeristy of Stanislaus and Modesto Jr. College. The Fat Cat Music House is a theatre and bar lounge with the fat cat play. The State Theatre is one of the historic sites left in downtown Modesto. Its renovation is now complete.
Modesto ranks 88 out of 100 for the U.S.'s safest cities.
Modesto Junior College (MJC) established in 1921 was the first jr. college in California. There are two MJC campuses. East campus, and West campus.
Points of Interest in Modesto.
George Lucas - was born in Modesto and lived here in Modesto in his early years. Lucas Plaza, at "five-points" intersection, has a bronze "American Graffiti" statue by Betty Saletta in commemoration.
U.S. Women's Soccer player Tisha Venturini lived here before she became famous.
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Economy & Industry
alive and well in Modesto. Some of the projects underway or planned for the city are as follows: Kaiser-Modesto Medical Center, The Promenade, Virginia Corridor Trail, Gallo Arts Center, 9th Street Bridge, Briggsmore/Carpenter overpass landscape, Highway 132, 99 and other Road Expansions, Memorial Medical Center Enlargement, Emanuel Medical Center Enlargement, Modesto Airport Expansions, several highway interchanges and expansions.
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Stanislaus County Administration Office
1010 Tenth Street
Modesto, CA 95354-2338
Modesto is projected to grow to a population of 320,000 in 2015 and 400,000 in 2035.
Median household income:
2000 - $ 40,394
2005 - $ 45,769
Median house value:
2000 - $ 126,000
2005 - $ 336,900