At the beginning of the 20th century, Modesto became Stanislaus County's cultural and economic center. From the construction of ornate residences to the addition of prominent businesses and landmarks, the village founded in 1870 by the Central Pacific Railroad grew into a busy inland city. No less than four major hotels located downtown. The intent to build the nation's first municipal airport was incorporated into the city's revised 1910 charter, and the town's iconic arch was added to the landscape in 1912. Modesto left behind its Wild West roots to become a thriving center of commerce in the San Joaquin Valley.
About the Author
Carl P. Baggese, author of Images of America: Modesto, offers postcard views of the city from the early 1900s to the present. With the help of Denzil Walker and the McHenry Museum, this historical look at Modesto helps explain why this agriculturally rich locale has grown into a metropolitan area. The postcard images in this collection shed new light on the importance of irrigation, railroads, infrastructure, and commerce to the Northern California city's growth.
Table of Contents
1 The Railroad Arrives in Paradise Valley 9
2 Coming of Age in a New Century 25
3 The Streets of Modesto 41
4 A Sense of Community 61
5 Enriching Life in the Central Valley 79
6 Schools, Churches, and Hospitals 93
7 Changing Times 109