History of Modesto

Asian Settlement in Modesto
Modern Architecture
Women Improvement Club
Curbside Recycling
Flight

Timeline of Events

2018

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.
2017

Modesto-Merced Metro Reaches 820,000

Modesto-Merced Metro population reaches 820,000.
1990

City Outlaws Cruising

City outlaws cruising, last of the famous cruises.
1982

Shell Laboratory Closes

Shell Oil Company Laboratory Closes
1972

Modesto – All American City

Modesto was named the All American City.
1971

First Curbside Recycle

Modesto held it’s first Curbside Recycle in the United States.
1946

Postwar Modesto – 1946 to Present

Welcome to the City of Modesto Sign
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
1936

Sciabica Olive Oil Opens

Sciabica Olive Oil opens, oldest producer and maybe largest, in the country
1925

First Electrically Heated Building in California

Beaty Building, first electrically heated building in California
1920

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.