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Modesto, a gateway to Yosemite and the southern reaches of the Gold Country, was founded in 1870 to serve the Central Pacific Railroad. The frontier town was originally to be named Ralston, after a railroad baron, but as the story goes, he modestly declined—thus the name Modesto. The Stanislaus County seat, a tree-lined city of 203,000, is perhaps best known as the site of the annual Modesto Invitational
Track Meet and Relays and the birthplace of producer-director George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars film series.
Bakersfield's founder, Colonel Thomas Baker, arrived with the discovery of gold in the nearby Kern River valley in 1851. With 355,000 residents...
In 1908 army chaplain and former slave Colonel Allen Allensworth and a group of African Americans decided to move west to create a community...