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1970s Modesto Timeline

1970s Modesto Timeline

Timeline 1970 Modesto’s population is 61,712 Modesto Peace Life Center founded Modesto celebrate its centennial April 22, Modesto celebrates the first Earth Day Modesto became the first city in the USA to offer curbside recycling Memorial Hospital opens on Coffee Rd 1971 The new Stanislaus County Library opens on I street. The old library would […]

InterVIEW – Dan Onorato – Modesto Peace Life Center

InterVIEW – Dan Onorato – Modesto Peace Life Center

With Friendship Comes Understanding Interview with Modesto Peace Life Center’s Dan Onorato By Abigail Murphy This year has brought uncertainties and unknowns to say the least, but the moments we are living now help remind us to look to understand each other, listen to each other, and find ways to make our community and world […]

K5 Radio John Chappell Tribute

K5 Radio John Chappell Tribute

K5 Radio John Chappell Tribute By Wes Page On June 20, 2020 I lost my best friend and the Modesto Radio Museum lost its president, John Chappell. He was quite a guy. He was a teacher, a mentor and most of all, he was a friend to everyone. He was a radio DJ in the […]

Graffiti USA Museum – Time to Start our Engines

Graffiti USA Museum – Time to Start our Engines

GraffitiUSAView By Chris Murphy We have the keys! It is time to start the engines. It’s time to rock and roll and build the Graffiti USA Museum located near downtown Modesto on historic US99. A group of local businesspeople and car and history fans have gotten together to create a place to celebrate our Graffiti, […]

Greetings to August – Good Things are Happening

Greetings to August – Good Things are Happening

Greetings Friends, There are good things happening, and in fact, this last month was one of the greatest ever. Becky and I joined the grandparent club, thanks to the amazing effort by our daughter Madison and her super supportive husband Ryan with the arrival of James Michael Leupp. It was truly the most magical day […]

The Seventies Music Scene in Modesto

The Seventies Music Scene in Modesto

The Seventies Music Scene in Modesto By Willie Hines    The 70’s, like any decade, didn’t really kick into gear until, say, 1973. Call it the hangover effect. Cultural changes, much like personal relationships, need a couple of years to shake off some of the old baggage and get into the new groove. Musically, the ’60s, after […]

By July 29, 2020 Read More →
The History of Heat Wave Skate Park

The History of Heat Wave Skate Park

The History of Heat Wave Skate Park by Marc “Squid” Johnson The skatepark was designed by San Francisco skater Dan DiPaola and financed by a group associated with Beno’s Department Store out of Southern California. Dan combined design elements of several successful SoCal skateparks and was responsible for inventing the Mogul Bowl, a large triangular […]

BigView – The 1950s A Decade Full of Optimism

BigView – The 1950s A Decade Full of Optimism

A Decade of Optimism, Growth, and Prosperity By Ken White Let’s rewind to a valley not so far away, not so long ago. To a nostalgic decade when the world was simpler, Ike was president, the music sweeter, and cruising was king. It was an innocent time in Modesto. Native-son George Lucas described it as […]

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, […]

BigView – Late 1940s Modesto – The Birth Of Cruising

BigView – Late 1940s Modesto – The Birth Of Cruising

The Birth of Cruising By Chris Murphy During World War II, gas was rationed, rubber was rationed, food was rationed, metal was rationed and recycled to build planes, tanks and ammunition. In 1945 and 1946, soldiers would return home, the cars of the 30s and 40s now had plentiful tires, fuel and many of them […]

1940s Modesto Time Line

1940s Modesto Time Line

1940s Timeline 1940 Modesto population is 16,379. 1941 The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 pushes the United States into World War II. Modesto and Stanislaus County put their emergency defense plan into effect on Dec. 8. Modesto has its first blackout drill on Dec. 13. 1942 First California Relays take place at the […]

American Graffiti Car Parade and Festival Cancelled

American Graffiti Car Parade and Festival Cancelled

Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, the North Modesto Kiwanis Club will not hold its annual American Graffiti Festival & Car Show this year.This cancellation includes the popular car parade (classic car cruise) and the two-day show and festival that had been scheduled June 12-14. If the public health crisis has subsided sufficiently by […]

By April 3, 2020 Read More →
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 […]

Interview: Sterling Fountain

Interview: Sterling Fountain

By Tasha Wilson I should not be doing a simple article/interview on the history of the family lineage that Mrs. Sterling Fountain has here in Modesto, California. Instead, I should be writing a book about her life! Better yet, I should be drafting a movie script! Surely, her story would follow-up with an Oscar Award-winning […]

By February 6, 2020 Read More →