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Graffiti USA Museum – Coming Soon!

Graffiti USA Museum – Coming Soon!

GraffitiUSAView By Chris Murphy We are bringing 1962 back! There is only one home of American Graffiti in the whole galaxy and it’s here in Modesto USA. This is were George Lucas grew up, went to school, created his stories and raced his cars and then went to Modesto JC before heading off to USC […]

BigView – The 1950s

BigView – The 1950s

The BigView by Chris Murphy There is really nothing like the sound of a hot rod motor, the squeal of tires and the sounds of the radio playing your favorite songs. Pulling in to a drive in, attended by a car hop on roller skates delivering a burger, fries and shake to you and your […]

BigView – Modesto in the 1940s

BigView – Modesto in the 1940s

The BigView The 1940s were a decade of change in Modesto USA. As the depression of the 1930s slowly changed into a wartime America, Modesto would be home to one of the largest military hospitals, but underneath the war effort, Modesto survived the depression better than many other areas. Our agricultural economy really took hold, […]

Roots of Rock Legends

Roots of Rock Legends

By Chris Murphy Rockabilly is without a doubt the most exciting, artistic and raw form of early rock and roll today. Originally a term used an an insult, “rockabilly” became the foundation of rock with its simple slapping bass percussion and a boogie beat that’s guaranteed to make you dance, just like it did in […]

1900-1920 Modesto Timeline

1900-1920 Modesto Timeline

1900 Modesto population is 2,024. The Twentieth Century 1901 The Stanislaus County Courthouse gets a new Hall of Records. Modesto’s first high school building is completed at 12th and L Streets. Eighty-one students attend school there, including eighth graders. 1903 I.E. Gilbert and Company General Store on the northeast corner of I and 10th becomes […]

BarView – Modesto’s Speakeasies – Then and Now

BarView – Modesto’s Speakeasies – Then and Now

BarView By Chris Murphy The Roaring 20s were wild right? But Prohibition was the law of the land, alcohol was destroyed and poured down the drain everywhere. Everyone got in line and became teetotalers right? Wrong. Where there is a will, there is a way, and the creativity of the Moonshiners in the south, the […]

WomenView – The Future is Female

WomenView – The Future is Female

National Women’s History Month The Future is Female By Patty Castillo Davis While the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad vastly increased the pace of urbanization, agricultural development and industrialization which integrated California, the women who lived in and around 1870 in the newly established albeit, unruly village of Modesto did not enjoy progress the same […]

fotoView – Adrian Mendoza

fotoView – Adrian Mendoza

fotoView by Chris Murphy You know we love photos of Modesto and the surrounding area. Heck, we even have VIEW in our name. Every year there is a great show presented in February called fotoModesto. This is run by local photographer David Schroeder who also currently runs the Mistlin Gallery. The first event was all […]

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GraffitiUSAView

GraffitiUSAView

GraffitiUSAView By Chris Murphy We are bringing 1962 back! What’s your story? Were you there? There is only one home of American Graffiti in the whole galaxy and it’s here in Modesto USA. This is were George Lucas grew up, went to school, created his stories and raced his cars and then went to Modesto […]

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BigView – Modesto History 1870 -1900

BigView – Modesto History 1870 -1900

The BigView Modesto 150 By Chris Murphy Modesto turns 150 years old this year. Throughout 2020 as part of the Modesto 150 celebration, we will be featuring Modesto’s history all the way from the early days through today. We will try to make this interesting, fun to read, and lay it out in bite sized […]

Save The Depot

Save The Depot

Save the Depot Modesto was built around the railroad. It is the reason that our city is where it is and why it is planned out like it is. We had a lot of beautiful architecture in the 20s – 50s and most of it got demolished in the name of “seismic” in the 60s. […]

Interview – Kirstie Boyett

Interview – Kirstie Boyett

InterView Kirstie Boyett by Chris Murphy Opened on Christmas Day in 1934, the fabulous historic State Theatre is the last of the grande dame movie theatres in Modesto. Modesto was an early supporter of the arts and movies, and back in the early part of the century, 10th Street was home to many theatres, both […]

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Save The Depot

Save The Depot

If the current plan is accepted by the city council, our 114-year-old depot will lose much of its historic and architectural integrity. The plan is to remove most of the interior waiting room walls including the historic women’s waiting room, creating one large open space.

By October 30, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
All Ages View – McHenry Museum

All Ages View – McHenry Museum

AllAgesViewBy Sofia JohnsonI recently had the pleasure of visiting our beautiful McHenry Museum. In the heart of downtown Modesto, stands one of the most historical structures of our city. I had the opportunity to sit down and learn about

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Morbid Obsession – Victorian Funeral Customs

Morbid Obsession – Victorian Funeral Customs

Morbid Obsession The McHenry Mansion Foundation announces a one of a kind tour of Victorian Funeral Customs just in time for Halloween. This is a self guided walk-through tours of the beautiful historic Victorian McHenry Mansion will start at 5:30 p.m. with last entrance at 7:30 p.m. The Mansion, located at 906 15th Street, Modesto, […]

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