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Modesto in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat

 
 
Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
1. Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat Marker
Inscription.
Originally called “Ralston” after the
founder who was too modest to permit
the use of his name, hence “Modesto”

Adamsville – 1854, Named after Doctor Adams, the only physician in the area.

Empire City – 1854-1855, Original city completely destroyed by floods, the present Empire being slightly north of the original city.

La Grange – 1856-1861, Originally “French Bar” named after the French miners who settled here to mine gold.

Knights Ferry – 1862-1871, Named after Captain Knight who built the first ferry crossing the Stanislaus River.

Modesto – 1871-Present, Following a heated county election held on Sept. 6, 1871, county citizens voted to make Modesto the County Seat, by a majority of 455 votes.

Arthur W. Seeger
Noble Grand Humbug
Estanislao Chapter No.58
E Clampus Vitus

Dedicated April 1, 2004
Clamper Year 6009
Credo Quia Absurdum
 
Erected 2004 by E Clampus Vitus, Estanislao Chapter No.58.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 38.43′ N, 120° 59.855′ W.
Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
2. Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat Marker
County Offices are in the background.
Embedded in the knot of the tree behind the marker is a sign from years past. See Photo #4.
Marker is in Modesto, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker is on "I" Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Stanislaus County Offices. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 "I" Street, Modesto CA 95354, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Guns Are Silent (a few steps from this marker); Modesto War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Modesto War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Paper Boy (approx. ¼ mile away); The McHenry Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Silent City (approx. one mile away); Modesto Pioneer Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Grand Army of the Republic (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Modesto.
 
Also see . . .
1. The History of Modesto. Even from its earliest days, Modesto has been a community dedicated to growth, progress and the quality of community life. Modesto became the end of the Central Pacific Railroad line on November 8, 1870 and was incorporated as a municipal city on August 6, 1884. Modesto was originally to be named Ralston to honor William Chapman Ralston, the director of the Central Pacific Railroad. When he objected, the town was named Modesto, a Spanish word meaning modest, after Ralston’s modesty. (Submitted on May 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
3. Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat Marker
The Modesto War Memorials are seen in the Photo.
 

2. Historic Modesto. Follow the history of Modesto from “Early History” to the 20th Century by clicking on the appropriate links. (Submitted on May 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable Places
 
Sign Embedded in Tree Behind Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
4. Sign Embedded in Tree Behind Marker
Reserved for Ladies
and Their Escorts
This area had been a park. It was reported that ladies were not allowed in the park without an escort.
Embedded Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
5. Embedded Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,154 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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