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Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health
The California state capital is Sacramento.
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The population of Modesto is approximately 205,721 (2006), 201165 (2010).
The amount of land area in Modesto is 78.174 sq. kilometers.
Modesto elevation is 91 feet above sea level.
The Modesto median home price is $336,900 (2005).
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Modesto location: in the Central valley of California above Fresno. Other nearby communities include Stockton, Bystrom, Shackelford, West Modesto, Bret Harte, Riverdale Park, Ceres, Riverbank and Del Rio.
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.
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The climate for Modesto is 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.
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
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
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
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.
U.S. Women's Soccer player Tisha Venturini lived here before she became famous.
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Modesto economy: 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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