Modesto in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Modesto.
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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.)
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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,232 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.