Timeline of Events
Modesto Officially Added to San Jose, San Francisco Metro Area
Modesto officially added to the San Jose, San Francisco metro area with a population of 9,600,000.
Modesto-Merced Metro Reaches 820,000
Modesto-Merced Metro population reaches 820,000.
City Outlaws Cruising
City outlaws cruising, last of the famous cruises.
Shell Laboratory Closes
Shell Oil Company Laboratory Closes
Modesto – All American City
Modesto was named the All American City.
First Curbside Recycle
Modesto held it’s first Curbside Recycle in the United States.
Postwar Modesto – 1946 to Present
Modesto experienced rapid growth in the decades after World War II. Modesto’s population of about 16,000 residents in 1940 rose to more than 36,000 by 1960. New housing construction was stimulated by the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944 (also known as the “G.I. Bill”), which provided many benefits to war..Read More
Sciabica Olive Oil Opens
Sciabica Olive Oil opens, oldest producer and maybe largest, in the country
First Electrically Heated Building in California
Beaty Building, first electrically heated building in California
Modesto Deemed Largest Butter Producing City in the Country
In the 1920s, Modesto was the largest butter producing city in the country. There was a magazine published here titled, Butterfat.