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Encyclopedia > Modesto, California
City Modesto, California
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°39′41″N 120°59′40″W / 37.66139, -120.99444
Country United States
State California
County Stanislaus
Government
 - Mayor Jim Ridenour
Area
 - Total 36.0 sq mi (93.1 km²)
 - Land 35.8 sq mi (92.7 km²)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km²)
Elevation 92 ft (28 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 207,000
 - Density 5,277.3/sq mi (2,037.4/km²)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 95300-95399
Area code(s) 209
FIPS code 06-48354
GNIS feature ID 0277609
Website: http://www.ci.modesto.ca.us/

Modesto is the county seat of Stanislaus County in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 188,856. Current census estimates place the population at 206,300. According to the California State Department of Finance January 2006 estimate, 514,370 people live in the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area. Roughly 110 miles (180 km) from Yosemite National Park, 80 miles (130 km) from Sacramento, California's capital city, and about 90 miles (140 km) from both San Jose and San Francisco, Modesto is less than 2 hours from many prime locations in California. This proximity to major business centers has turned the agriculturally based city into a bedroom community. Over twenty percent of the workforce travels outside of the county to their place of employment. The area is plagued by some of the worst air quality in the nation, on occasion surpassing even that of Los Angeles. 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Geography

Modesto is located at 37°39′41″N, 120°59′40″W (37.661479, -120.994543).GR1 Modesto is located on the Tuolumne River and is bordered by Stanislaus River and San Joaquin River. The Tuolumne River is one of the major rivers draining the western slope Sierra Nevada mountains of California. ... The Stanislaus River in California is one of the largest tributaries of the San Joaquin River. ... The San Joaquin River, 330 miles (530 km) long, is the second-longest river in California, United States. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 93.1 km² (36.0 mi²). 92.7 km² (35.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (0.47%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Impact from a water drop causes an upward rebound jet surrounded by circular capillary waves. ...


Modesto's climate consists of hot, dry summers, cool to mild winters, and temperate spring and fall seasons. Precipitation is greatest from November to March (known as the Rainy Season), a period that is also characteristic of dense tule fog. The all-time record high temperature is 113 °F (45 °C) set recently on July 23, 2006. The all-time record low temperature is 18 °F (-8 °C) set on December 13, 1932. Tule fog (IPA: ) is a thick ground fog that settles in the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Valley areas of Californias Great Central Valley. ...


Modesto's international character can also be seen in its five officially recognized sister cities. They are Kurume, Japan; Vernon, Canada; Vijayawada, India; Aquascalientes, Mexico; and Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine. Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm Town twinning or sister cities is a concept whereby towns or cities from geographically and politically distinct areas are paired, with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ... Kurume (久留米市; -shi) is a city located in Fukuoka, Japan. ... Vernon is a city in the south central region of British Columbia called the Okanagan at the north end of Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake. ... , Vijayawada ( ) (విజయవాడ) literally translates to The Place of Victory.It is also called as blazewada. ... Aguascalientes (a Spanish name meaning hot waters for the abundance of hot springs in the area; so the corresponding adjective for the state and its inhabitants is the whimsical hidrocálido) is a state of Mexico, situated in the center of the country. ... Location Map of Ukraine with Khmelnytskyi. ...


History

The McHenry Mansion.
The McHenry Mansion.

Modesto, originally a stop on the railroad connecting Sacramento to Los Angeles, was founded in 1870 and was to be named for William C. Ralston, financier of many projects in early California. However, he declined the suggestion and a Spanish-speaking railroad worker at the naming ceremony said that Ralston was "Muy modesto" (very modest). Thus, the town was named Modesto. In reality, he didn't want such a small "nowheresville" to bear his name. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1365 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1365 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Sacramento redirects here. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... William Ralston, 1872. ... Financier (IPA: /ˌfi nãn ˈsjei/) is an elegant term for a person who handles large sums of money, usually involving money lending, financing projects, large-scale investing, or large-scale money management. ... Modesty describes a set of culturally determined values that relate to the presentation of the self to others. ...


Modesto's official slogan is "Water Wealth Contentment Health," which is emblazoned on a large arch downtown that has been immortalized in many photographs. A contest was run in 1911 to determine the slogan. The original winning slogan was: "Nobody's got Modesto's goat". The second place entry was the final winner.


Up until the 1930's, Modesto was commonly known as the "Filth Capital of California" due to the abundance of saloons, brothels, opium houses, and "wild west" atmosphere. In actuality, it was a Wild West town, with vigilante justice the norm, often ending in shootouts or hangings. Wealthy businessmen on their way north or south through California would routinely schedule an overnight stay in Modesto to "relieve stress", while wives of the same businessmen warned against it.


Sights

Modesto is commonly referred to as "a great place to live, a horrible place to visit." That said, there are quite a few sights to see.

  • McHenry Museum Across the street from the McHenry Mansion. Filled with tidbits from Modesto's history.
  • Blue Diamond Nut and Gift Shop in Salida (north Modesto).
  • George Lucas Plaza , American Grafitti inspired bronze statue made in the honor of Modesto filmmaker George Lucas, located at Five Points (the intersections of McHenry Avenue, "J" Street, 17th Street, Downey and Needham).
  • Gallo Center for the Arts , Center for performing arts recently opened and is located in downtown Modesto at 1000 "I" Street.
  • South Modesto The city's "Little Mexico". One of the largest in northern California.
  • Downtown A lively area by night, home to many clubs, bars, and restaurants that contribute to area nightlife. It is a central hub of entertainment in the region. It is also home to a the Brenden Theatres multiplex, as well as the Gallo Center for the Arts.
  • The State Theatre Dating back to the 1920's, it was recently renovated and serves as a local performance arts center and as a theater specializing in independent and foreign films.
  • South 7th Street View 3rd World blight in California.
  • South 9th Street Home to one of Modesto's oldest gay bars, the Brave Bull.

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Transportation

Modesto is served by one of the busiest rail corridors in the country. The Amtrak San Joaquins make six daily stops on the route between Oakland and Bakersfield, and two stops daily on the route between Sacramento and Bakersfield. The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... The San Joaquins refers to a train route operated by Amtrak California in Californias Central Valley. ... Oakland redirects here. ... Bakersfield is the county seat of Kern County, California, in the United States. ... Sacramento redirects here. ...


Modesto is also served by California State Route 99, California State Route 132, and California State Route 108, the latter a seasonal highway (opening usually in May or June, closing with the first major snow) which is the main route into Stanislaus National Forest and Inyo National Forest. JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 KER 0. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-580 SJ 0. ... State Route 108 runs generally northeast across central California from downtown Modesto near the Route 99/132 interchange California State Route 99 to U.S. Highway 395 near the Nevada state line. ...


The Modesto City-County Airport lies next to the Tuolumne River in the southeastern end of the city, just north of the suburb of Ceres. Air service is provided between it and San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport by Skywest Airlines, operating as United Express under an agreement with United Airlines. Modesto City-County Airport, also known as Harry Sham Field, is located in Modesto, California. ... The Tuolumne River is one of the major rivers draining the western slope Sierra Nevada mountains of California. ... FAA diagram of SFO “SFO” redirects here. ... LAX and KLAX redirect here. ... Skywest is the name of two airlines: Skywest (Australian airline) serves Australia SkyWest (Capitalized differently) serves the United States and Canada This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... United Express is a brand name under which seven regional airlines operate feeder flights for United Airlines. ... United Airlines, also known as United Air Lines, Inc. ...


Three public transit systems serve Modesto: Modesto Area Express (MAX), Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT), and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District along the northern edge of the city on McHenry Avenue. MAX is the local system with additional connections to the Altamont Commuter Express train station in Lathrop and the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. MAX also provides a paratransit "dial-a-ride" service which specifically caters to seniors and the disabled. It is open to the general public only during certain times [1]. StaRT connects Modesto to the county's other populated centers. San Joaquin Regional Transit District (now known simply as RTD) is a transit agency that provides bus service to the city of Stockton, California and the surrounding communities of Lodi, California, Lockeford, California, Thornton, California, French Camp, California, Lathrop, California, Manteca, California, Tracy, California, Escalon, California, and Modesto, California. ... The Altamont Commuter Express leaving Pleasanton station. ... Platforms Island Parking Monthly Reserved, Daily ($1), Midday ($1), Carpool ($1), Extended Weekend, Long Term/Airport ($5) Bicycle facilities 24 Lockers Other information Opened May 10, 1997 Accessible Dublin/Pleasanton is a Bay Area Rapid Transit station on the border of Dublin and Pleasanton. ... A westbound BART train with aerodynamic design A car in downtown San Francisco. ... Paratransit is an alternative mode of flexible passenger transportation that does not follow fixed routes or schedules. ...


The large industrial region south and east of the city is served by the Modesto and Empire Traction Railroad, a 5-mile (8-km) short line with a web of industry tracks and many customers. A short line is an independent railroad company that operates over a relatively short distance. ...


At one time, the city was the operational center of the Tidewater Southern Railway, which had its mainline down the center of Ninth Street, a major north-south road. A law passed by the city kept electric wire over this section of street running long after the railroad converted to steam power. In 2000, the last trains ran down Ninth Street and now the railroad (owned by the Union Pacific Railroad since 1983) is severed through Modesto. The Tidewater Southern Railway was a short line railroad in Central California in the United States. ... For other uses, see Law (disambiguation). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Union Pacific redirects here. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...


Planning and environmental

In the late 1980s Modesto embarked on an update to the city's General Plan pursuant to requirements of the State of California. The result was a comprehensive evaluation of alternative population and land use projections along with associated environmental impact analysis. Some of the environmental factors assessed were air quality, water quality, environmental noise, soil contamination and visual impacts. Water quality is the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of water, characterized through the methods of hydrometry. ... Environmental Noise, is unwanted sound, which may cause either nuisance or damage to health. ... Excavation of leaking underground storage tank causing soil contamination Soil pollution comprises the pollution of soils with materials, mostly chemicals, that are out of place or are present at concentrations higher than normal which may have adverse effects on humans or other organisms. ... Vision can refer to: Visual perception is one of the senses. ...


Much of the soils in Modesto are classified as part of the Hanford series: (HbpA) fine sandy loam, moderately deep over silt. These soils are well-drained, moderately coarse textured soils derived from alluvium from granitic rock. The Hanford soils are important for the production of a wide variety of irrigated orchard, field, and truck crops.


Vicinity watercourses include the Stanislaus River, the Tuolumne River and Dry Creek empties into the Tuolumne River. Area groundwater, which is the principal source of water supply in the city,{Stanislaus,1987) has been historically impaired in a fashion that is spatially variable. In various parts of the city and its perimeter the following water pollutants have occurred from time to time: nitrates, dibromochloroethane, volatile organics, salinity, total dissolved solids and other pesticides.(Torrey, 1989) Each of these contaminants is not present citywide. The Stanislaus River in California is one of the largest tributaries of the San Joaquin River. ... The Tuolumne River is one of the major rivers draining the western slope Sierra Nevada mountains of California. ... Dry Creek is a stream in Stanislaus County, California, that is a tributary to the Tuolomne River. ... Water pollution Water pollution is a large set of adverse effects upon water bodies (lakes, rivers, oceans, groundwater) caused by human activities. ... Trinitrate redirects here. ... VOC is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, as described below: A historic trade organization (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie); see Dutch East India Company A group of chemical compounds; see Volatile Organic Compounds Vehicle operating costs Voice of the customer Creative Voice file, a proprietary audio format developed by Creative... Bottled mineral water usually contains higher TDS levels than tap water Total dissolved solids (often abbreviated TDS) is an expression for the combined content of all inorganic and organic substances contained in a liquid which are present in a molecular, ionized or micro-granular (colloidal sol) suspended form. ... A cropduster spreading pesticide. ...


Activism

In recent years, Modesto has seen a growing number of activist movements. Groups working on homeless issues, have lead to the Creation of an emergency homeless shelter [2]. With a large Christian influence, Modesto City School District School Board has the highest percentage of members from a single church giving First Baptist Church of Modesto tremendous influence over the local education system. The Environmentalist and anti-environmental racism work of Green Action has centered around opposing various companies like the Modesto Tallow Plant, and the Covanta Energy Corporation. Various individuals and groups have also worked on counter military recruitment in schools, a product of the No Child Left Behind Act, several Animal Rights demonstrations, and various other events/movements. Some of these are supported and organized by the Direct Action Anti-Authoritarians Collective, a local community organizing group. This anarchist collective has also engaged in many organizing drives, including Critical Mass, Food Not Bombs, Really Really Free Market, Copwatch, strike support, and other projects. These projects are often firsts for Modesto, in terms of organizing. The Modesto Peace/Life Center, established in 1971, is one of Modesto's longest-lived activist groups, promoting non-violence and a sustainable environment. For the psychology topic, see Environmental psychology. ... Environmental policy making or enforcement thereof that specifically and directly affects people of color, certain ethnic/racial groups, or native wild species in a negative manner. ... Tallow is rendered beef or mutton fat, processed from suet. ... Counter-recruitment is a strategy often taken up to oppose war. ... President Bush signing the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act at Hamilton H.S. in Hamilton, Ohio. ... Animal liberation redirects here. ... The DAAA Collective, or Direct Action Anti-Authoritarians, is an anarchist and anti-authoritarian collective based out of the Central Valley city of Modesto in California. ... Anarchism is a generic term describing various political philosophies and social movements that advocate the elimination of hierarchy and imposed authority. ... For other uses of critical mass, see critical mass (disambiguation). ... Logo Food Not Bombs is a loose-knit group of independent collectives, serving free vegan and vegetarian food to others. ... The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a non-hierarchical collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. ... Phoenix Copwatch logo Copwatch protest image Anti-ticketing campaign poster General Copwatch protest poster Copwatch (also Cop Watch) is a network of United States and Canadian volunteer organizations that police the police. Copwatch groups usually engage in monitoring of the police, videotaping police activity, and educating the public about police...


On May 1, 2006 (May Day) over 10,000[3] people marched up Crow's Landing Road, made several turns, and wound up at City Hall, in an unpermitted march organized by Aztlan Rising [4], to show support for undocumented immigrants. The march coincided with others across the country, one of many immigration reform protests, and the Great American Boycott. This number dwindled to about 350 people in 2007. is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May Day is May 1, and refers to any of several holidays celebrated on this day. ... Thousands gather for illegal immigrant rights rally in Nashville, Tennessee on March 29, 2006. ... A flyer for the May 1st, 2006 Great American Boycott events in Los Angeles, California. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 188,856 people, 64,959 households, and 46,640 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,037.4/km² (5,277.3/mi²). There were 67,179 housing units at an average density of 724.7/km² (1,877.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.58% White, 25.58% Hispanic or Latino, 3.97% African American, 1.24% Native American, 6.03% Asian, 0.50% Pacific Islander. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 64,959 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.36. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $40,394, and the median income for a family was $45,681. Males had a median income of $38,595 versus $26,989 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,797. About 12.2% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Notable natives

Arts & Entertainment

Athletics George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Carol Elaine Channing (born on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and actress. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... DeVante Swing (born Donald DeGrate, Jr. ... James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962) is an American actor and musician, best known for playing the popular platinum-blond character Spike, an English of a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... Shane Minor (born May 3, 1968 in Modesto, California[1]) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... Timothy David Olyphant (born May 20, 1968) is an American actor. ... Harve Presnell (born September 14, 1933, Modesto, California) is an American actor. ... Jeremy Renner in Dahmer Jeremy Renner (born January 7, 1971 in Modesto, California) is an American actor. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... 28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, and sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later. ... S.W.A.T. is a 2003 action crime movie and is a take on the television series of the same name. ... Michael Allsup, (born March 8, 1947) is a guitarist best known for his contribution as a member of the rock and roll group Three Dog Night. ... Three Dog Night is an American rock and roll band, best known for their work from 1968-1975 but still making live appearances as of 2007. ...

Business Chidi Ahanotu (born October 11, 1970 in Modesto, California) is an American football defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. He was originally selected with the fifth pick of the sixth round of the 1993 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay out of California. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... Anthony Robert Graziani (Born:December 23, 1973, in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a current Arena Football League quarterback for the Philadelphia Soul. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Cliff Barrows (born April 23, 1923 in Ceres, California) is the longtime music and program director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. ... For other persons named Billy Graham, see Billy Graham (disambiguation). ... Chuck Hayes (born June 11, 1983 in Modesto, California is a professional basketball player currently with the Houston Rockets of the NBA. He was a standout player at the University of Kentucky. ... Raymond Lewis Lankford (born June 5, 1967 in Los Angeles, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the St. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... The Morris Building at Modesto Junior College. ... Boaz Myhill (Full name Glyn Oliver Myhill), born in Modesto, California, on November 9, 1982 is a footballer (goalkeeper) with Hull City. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Mike Matarazzo on the cover of Flex magazine Michael Richard Matarazzo is a retired IFBB professional bodybuilder. ... IFBB Logo The International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) is a bodybuilding organization founded in 1946 by Ben and Joe Weider. ... Bodybuilder Anders Graneheim (Sweden) Bodybuilding is the sport of developing muscle fibers through the combination of weight training, increased caloric intake, and rest. ... Gino John Marchetti (born January 2, 1927, Smithers, West Virginia) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... The Indianapolis Colts are a professional football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Walhalla temple, Germany A hall of fame (sometimes HOF) is a type of museum established for any a field of endeavour to honour individuals of noteworthy achievement in that field. ... // Roger Lin Maltbie (born June 30, 1951) is an American professional golfer and on-course analyst for NBC Sports. ... Kenneth Leroy Roberts born December 31, 1951 ) in Modesto, California is a former motorcycle racer and the first American to win the 500cc Road Racing World Championship. ... Joseph Oden Rudi (born September 7, 1946 in Modesto, California) is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Kansas City & Oakland Athletics (1967-76, 1982), California Angels (1977-80) and Boston Red Sox (1981). ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Mark Andrew Spitz (born February 10, 1950, in Modesto, California) is an American swimmer. ... The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were held in Munich, West Germany, from 26 August to 11 September 1972. ... Swimmer redirects here. ... Wilbur Marvin Moose Thompson (born 6 April 1921) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the shot put. ... The Games of the XIV Olympiad were held in 1948 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. ... For other uses, see Champion (disambiguation). ... Shot put The shot put is an athletics (track and field) event involving putting (throwing in a pushing motion) a heavy metal ball (called the shot) as far as possible. ... WUSA has several meanings: Womens United Soccer Association. ... Cyrus C. Young (born 23 July 1928) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the javelin throw. ... The 1952 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XV Olympiad, were held in 1952 in Helsinki, Finland. ... An athlete throwing the javelin. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... Lester Hayes played for the Oakland/LA Raiders. ...

Other In 1972 Time magazine did a cover story on Ernest (left) and Julio Gallo Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909 – March 6, 2007) was the co-founder of the E & J Gallo Winery, which recently changed its name to Gallo Family Vineyards. ... The E & J Gallo Winery is a U.S. winery founded in 1933 by Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909 – March 6, 2007) and Julio Gallo (March 21, 1910 – May 2, 1993) as E. & J. Gallo Winery. ... Joseph Joe Edward Gallo, Jr. ... Cheese is a solid food made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep, and other mammals. ... Look up Brother in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Brother may have the following meanings, in addition to and derived from its main one of male sibling; see Family. a male friend or acquaintance, in some cultures shortened to Bro or Brah a peer, male or female (though such usage is... In 1972 Time magazine did a cover story on Ernest (left) and Julio Gallo Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909 – March 6, 2007) was the co-founder of the E & J Gallo Winery, which recently changed its name to Gallo Family Vineyards. ... The E & J Gallo Winery was founded in 1933 by Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909) and Julio Gallo (March 21, 1910 – May 2, 1993 as E. & J. Gallo Winery. ... The E & J Gallo Winery was founded in 1933 by Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909) and Julio Gallo (March 21, 1910 – May 2, 1993 as E. & J. Gallo Winery. ... The E & J Gallo Winery is a U.S. winery founded in 1933 by Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909 – March 6, 2007) and Julio Gallo (March 21, 1910 – May 2, 1993) as E. & J. Gallo Winery. ... Royal Robbins (born 1935) was one of the early pioneers of American climbing. ...

Scott Lee Peterson (born 24 October 2222) is a former fertilizer salesman convicted of the murder of his wife Laci and unborn son Conner Peterson. ... Laci Peterson, born Laci Denise Rocha (May 4, 1975–ca. ... Gary Adrian Condit (born April 21, 1948) is an American politician, a Blue Dog Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1989 to 2003. ... A Congressman or Congresswoman (generically, Congressperson) is a politician who is a member of a Congress. ... Sonny Barger (born ?1939) is a founding member of the original Oakland, California chapter of Hells Angels, and perhaps the best-known member of the Hells Angels. ... Oakland redirects here. ... Chapter has multiple meanings. ... This article is about the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. ... Kirby James Hensley The President and Founder of The Universal Life Churches Reverend Kirby James Hensley, born 23July1911, in the mountains of western North Carolina. ... Logo The Universal Life Church (or ULC) is a religious organization that offers anyone semi-immediate ordination as a ULC minister free of charge. ... Ann Margaret Veneman (born June 29, 1949) is currently the Executive Director of UNICEF. She was the first woman to become the United States Secretary of Agriculture. ... UNICEF Logo The United Nations Childrens Fund or UNICEF (Arabic: ; French: ; Spanish: ) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ... Executive director is a title given to a person who is the head of an executive branch of an organization or company. ... The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture concerned with land and food as well as agriculture and rural development. ...

Interesting Facts

  • Known as Molesto on the Don and Mike Show.
  • The last two lines of the song "No Complaints" by Beck, say: "Take a bus back from Little Rock, Arkansas. Or Modesto. That's were my dog comes from". Beck also wrote a plaintive country ballad called Modesto, on the album Stereopathetic Soulmanure. Actually refers to Modesto, Illinois, not Modesto, CA.
  • Modesto is the setting for the movie American Graffiti created by George Lucas, who was born in the city (the actual location of the set was Petaluma, California). Many of the characters and scenes from the movie are based on actual events that happened in Modesto during the time that Lucas went to high school there.
  • Modesto and the greater Modesto area have recently been associated with high profile murders, including Chandra Levy and Laci Peterson. It was also the district of former congressman Gary Condit. Although Scott Peterson has been convicted and sentenced to die for the killing of his wife, the method of administering death in California is now in judicial suspension.
  • Modesto is Home to the Modesto Nuts of the High-A California League (Colorado Rockies minor league team); the Nuts play their home games at John Thurman Field. Modesto is also the home of the critically acclaimed musical group Grandaddy, the E & J Gallo Winery, and the McHenry Mansion.
  • The Universal Life Church headquarters are based in Modesto, California. [2]
  • South Modesto is often confused as part of the nearby city of Ceres (even by other Modestans). It is an area that is divided between city and county "islands". South Modesto is also a hub of the areas' large Mexican/Latino community.
  • According to the book "Cities Ranked and Rated, Second Edition," by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander, Modesto was ranked the worst city in the nation. Shirts were made commemorating Modesto's dubious award, and can be found at [5].
  • The Hold Steady heavily references Modesto in their song Modesto Is Not That Sweet.
  • Punk Rock band NOFX, mentions the city on their 2006 album, Wolves in Wolves' Clothing, in the first song, "60%" - "So, I just wanna say thank you! We fuckin' love you, Modesto!", referring to the local fans of the city.
  • Also known as Motown

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See also

The McHenry Mansion was built in the 1880s by Robert McHenry, local rancher and banker, in 1882-1883. ... The term National landmark may refer to one of two programs of the United States government: National Historic Landmark National Natural Landmark Also see: Listed building (United Kingdom equivalent) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Modesto Area Express better known by the acronym MAX is the bus agency for Modesto a Northern California city with over 200,000 denizens. ...

References

Bibliography

  • Stanislaus County General Plan, (1987)
  • John Torrey, Paul Awosika et al., Expanded initial study, Boulder Creek subdivision, Stanislaus County, Earth Metrics, Report 7999: California State Clearinghouse, Sacramento, November, 1989.

External links

Coordinates: 37.661479° N 120.994543° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


 
 

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