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HistoryView – Love is in the Air

By Harrison Power

With “love in the air” this month, there are great ways to get out of the house and make a date out of embracing the great architecture and history that Modesto has to offer. If you have plans to go out for a nice brunch or drink downtown, you can easily build on that special time together by embarking on one of several cute ways to love your special somebody and your hometown! Appreciating the amazing architecture and history that Modesto has to offer will only make you prouder to be a Modestan! Check out some fun history dates below.

1. Go on a self-walking/biking tour of our City Landmarks and other significant buildings that have been downtown favorites for decades! Using online resources produced by the Modesto Art Museum, you can wind your way around downtown’s diverse range of architectural gems and learn historical facts along the way. The City of Modesto also has a Historic Guide for all Landmarks.



2. Drop off a love letter at the Old Post Office located at 1125 I Street! Although the Old Post Office is no longer in service, there are still drive-up/walk up drop off boxes on the 12th Street side.

3. Go see a movie at the historic landmark State Theatre established in 1934!

4. Walk through the landmark Graceada Park, where you can find the City’s Bunya Bunya tree planted in 1916!

5. Visit the McHenry Museum showcasing the history of Modesto and the greater Stanislaus County area!

6. Go on a tour of McHenry Mansion built in 1883!

7. Have dinner or drinks at Galletto, housed in the old Stockton Savings and Loan built in 1937!

8. Walk along the Historic Cruise Route and read markers showcasing Modesto’s legacy of car culture and cruising!

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.