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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 →
GoModesto – Take a History Tour

GoModesto – Take a History Tour

Go Downtown Modesto Take a Tour! Want to learn about Modesto history. Grab your family and walk the Modesto Historic Cruise Route. Start in 10th St place and work your way down 10th, G 11th and back to K and see 25 information makers, loaded with Modesto music and cruising history fun facts. Each marker […]

By January 31, 2020 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

GreetingsView – Welcome to the New Roaring 20s

GreetingsView – Welcome to the New Roaring 20s

Greetings Friends and Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a very happy holidays and great New Year and wish you an exciting new 2020. Wow, we are at the doorway to an exciting new Roaring 20s, the 2020s that is. There are so many parallels in where we are as a culture, […]

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. […]

Made in Modesto a Year in Photos

Made in Modesto a Year in Photos

Made In Modesto: 2019 a year in photosBy Michael ManganoHello, I am a photographer for Modesto view magazine. I have the privilege to record moments in time I think to represent the best in our city. You can say I am a voyeur of our community spirit. Here at the View we always like to look forward, but I do believe we should take a moment and see where we were as to how far we have come together. So another year is in the books! And what a year it was.

By December 20, 2019 Read More →
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

By October 29, 2019 0 Comments Read More →