Modesto


Modesto
/meuh des"toh/, n.
a city in central California. 106,105.

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City (pop., 2000: 188,856), central California, U.S., east of San Francisco.

Founded in 1870 by the Central Pacific Railway, it was called Modesto (Spanish: "modest") when W.C. Ralston, a railway director, modestly declined to have the community named in his honour. It was incorporated as a city in 1884. It is a shipping centre for the surrounding agricultural region that includes fruit, nut orchards, and wineries.

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      city, seat (1871) of Stanislaus county, central California, U.S. It is situated on the Tuolumne River in the northern San Joaquin Valley, 94 miles (151 km) southeast of San Francisco. Founded in 1870 by the Central Pacific Railroad, it was named Modesto (Spanish: “Modesty”) when W.C. Ralston, a railway director, “modestly” declined to have the community named in his honour. It developed as a shipping centre for agricultural produce (especially peaches and figs). Food processing is supplemented by light manufacturing. A junior college was founded in Modesto in 1921; the California State University, Stanislaus (1957), is located in Turlock, southeast of the city. Local attractions include the 25-foot- (8-metre-) high Modesto Arch, McHenry Museum, and Lucas Plaza, which contains a statue dedicated to the film director and Modesto native George Lucas (Lucas, George). To the east of the city are Stanislaus National Forest, Don Pedro and La Grange dams, and Turlock and Modesto irrigation reservoirs; there are several other historical and recreational areas nearby. Inc. 1884. Pop. (1990) city, 164,730; Modesto MSA, 370,522; (2000) city, 188,856; Modesto MSA, 446,997.

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