Modesto 150

The Amazing Untold Stories

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of Modesto. Until recently, much of the history of the founding and early days of Modesto had remained unresearched. Though much work needs to be done in archives in Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkeley, and other cities, over the past many months, the Modesto History Center has uncovered some of the previously unknown and untold stories of Modesto’s beginnings. Here are some of those stories.

You can reveal an untold story about where you live that goes back to the 1860s and 1870s. Discover the earliest known documents for your Modesto property by following the instructions in our 12-minute virtual Modesto House History Workshop. Every Modesto property has one.

1870 – Railroad Boomtown
Why here? Why Modesto?
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Businesswomen of Early Modesto
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