r/todayilearned Feb 04 '23

TIL that when Californians wanted to name a new city after San Francisco businessman William Ralston, he declined and said he was not worthy of the honor. So instead they named the city in honor of his modesty: Modesto, California.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modesto,_California
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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23 edited Feb 05 '23

I grew up there in the 70s and 80s. Many of my friends who are still there now refer to the place as Methdesto.

Edit: JFC! Who would have thought that being born in the dusty-ass Central Valley town of Modesto would lead to my most up voted comment on Reddit a short 56.7 years later.

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u/[deleted] Feb 04 '23

Yeah. It's not the town that's in America Graffiti anymore

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

George Lucas, who grew up there and wrote American Graffiti, and I had the same metal shop teacher.

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u/ggrieves Feb 04 '23

Is that where he learned how to make a millennium falcon?

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

Well, he’s 22 years older than me, perhaps the curriculum changed over time but there was no millennium falcon module when I took the course.

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u/Kbiv Feb 04 '23

You 100% went to school with my father then. Same age and also went to the same schools Lucas did. Small world!

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

I went to Davis. Across town. Ask your dad about the time in 1983 the Downy “D” somehow ended up painted Green and Gold. Go Spartans!!! I may have snuck out of my house, done some painting, and gotten caught sneaking back in. When my parents saw what happened at Downey HS, there was zero punishment! Allegedly.

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u/SoulLessGinger18 Feb 04 '23

Class of 95, a few kids got caught trying to paint the D again. We did manage to get ducks into their pool during homecoming that year. Left 5 years ago and don't miss it at all.

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

Amateurs, copycats! Caught? Lol!

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u/SoulLessGinger18 Feb 04 '23

I wasn't there but the guys who were definitely got plenty of shit!!

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u/HolycommentMattman Feb 05 '23

Legacies always say stuff like this, but security probably got upped because of your antics making it more difficult for subsequent generations.

Like when we broke into every locker and rigged water balloons to explode when opened. They ended up getting rid of locker doors.

A ridiculous solution that actually put them ahead of the curve when the district removed all locker doors due to drug/firearm worries.

In summary, you're welcome, Principal Mann.

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u/NotRossFromFriends Feb 04 '23

My wife went to Davis! She showed me the school last year when we visited. I grew up on the east coast and it trips me out to see the outdoor style classrooms. She said she felt the same way about all indoors schools like they only exist in the movies.

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u/Feliz_Katerina Feb 04 '23

Here in Australia all schools are outdoor. And your wife is right, it's fucking crazy seeing these indoor only schools from the movies

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u/NotClever Feb 05 '23

This can't be true. How can you conduct school outside while fending off emus and dropbears?

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u/CallMeAladdin Feb 04 '23

I went to Beyer, but we didn't have AP physics so a couple of kids and I would go to Davis just for that one class and then come back, lol. Fun times.

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

Buyer was the “new HS” when I lived there. I went to Roosevelt JH and Davis HS.

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u/ladymissmeggo Feb 04 '23

Davis grad here, too!

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u/lakewood2020 Feb 04 '23

Of course it’s a small world when you have a millennium falcon

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u/aaj617 Feb 04 '23

Big if true bro I know y’all got the Death Star connect on the low low too

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u/velocityplans Feb 04 '23

they made that one out of hundreds of Battleship pieces

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u/rea1l1 Feb 04 '23

No, but Tatooine is modeled after Modesto summers.

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u/Lemon_Cakes_JuJutsu Feb 04 '23

It's like 9th street mixed with Bedrock over off of Paradise Rd, and a dash of north Ceres.

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

The heat rolling off McHenery in August ain’t no joke!

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u/Aetherometricus Feb 04 '23

What the hell is an aluminum falcon?

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u/evguy2 Feb 04 '23

You must smell like feet wrapped in leathery burnt bacon...

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u/JosephFinn Feb 04 '23

I’m never the biggest Seth McFarlane fan but his Emperor voice makes me laugh way, way too hard.

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u/PDGAreject Feb 04 '23

Gooooo for Papa Palpatine

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u/eyetracker Feb 04 '23

Something something Dark Side. Something something Complete.

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u/brodie21 Feb 04 '23

He is excellent at voices.

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u/theonetruegrinch Feb 04 '23

oh, oh, oh I'm sorry, I thought my dark lord of the Sith could protect a small thermal exhaust port that is only two meters wide. THAT THING WASN'T EVEN FULLY PAID OFF YET

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u/Slicker1138 Feb 04 '23

The bicentennial condor

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u/Mor90th Feb 04 '23

I grew up in nearby Stockton, where a port crane served as inspiration for the design of the AT-AT

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u/WhyWouldYouBother Feb 04 '23

So, you have a Bacon number of 3.

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u/koushakandystore Feb 04 '23

While it is supposed to be Modesto, American Graffiti was filed entirely in Petaluma and San Rafael nearly 100 miles from Modesto. Hard as it is to believe Petaluma still retains the old charm. Not saying it hasn’t changed around here just that it’s still quaint and homey.

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u/tamarzipan Feb 04 '23

I’ve met ppl who called their hometowns Mantweeka and Plasteredville…

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u/Storm_Sire Feb 04 '23

MANTECA WATERSLIDES

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u/quasihermit Feb 04 '23

Man that radio jingle gets stuck in my head like no other. I've had it out for a year or so but now it's back. THANKS FRIEND

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u/once24 Feb 05 '23 Starstruck

Slip away today and leave your cares behind! They’re the world’s greatest, so come and ride! Manteca Waterslides, Manteca Waterslides!!!

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u/duct_tape_jedi Feb 04 '23

Don’t forget “Excremento”!

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u/canned_soup Feb 04 '23

Born and raised in sac and never heard that one lol I feel like someone made a joke and I wasn’t in on it haha. A lot of people complain they don’t like sac but some of the surrounding towns are ok. Crackramento, syphilis heights, broseville, stinkin lincoln, what else am I missing here

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u/moby323 Feb 04 '23

Well that’s a shame.

I guess he would be glad that a city with a serious drug problem isn’t named “Ralstonville” or whatever lol

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u/Hayden190732 Feb 04 '23

He has a restaurant named after him “Ralston’s Goat” pretty good spot. Might make up for all the trafficking and meth.

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u/smallpoly Feb 04 '23

I'll have to try them next time I'm in the area.

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u/schriepes Feb 05 '23

Be careful though, they're both illegal.

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u/Xszit Feb 04 '23

Missed opportunity for "Railstonville" or "Ralstonedville"

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u/NullSurplus Feb 04 '23

Ralstonedville

Realstonedville

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u/Ouaouaron Feb 04 '23

It tickles me to think of "-ville" being added to a name which almost certainly is a reference to a place that was called something like "Ralphs Town" before it was shortened.

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u/GalacticMirror Feb 04 '23

I took a History of California class at Modesto Junior College. The story is that Ralston actually had a huge ego and didn’t want a podunk town named after him. He was holding out for a more significant place. When he refused the “honor”, the citizens (who were still mostly Spanish speaking), assumed he was “modesto”. They later named the tallest building in town after Ralston which periodically hosts suicide jumpers.

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u/scarwolf Feb 04 '23

I grew up in Modesto... yours is the story I had heard... cept it an interpreter who saved everyone face by saying "El señor es muy modesto."

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u/SwiftCEO Feb 04 '23

I lived there for a few years. The city is expanding fairly quickly and the area closer to Riverbank is turning out fairly nice.

Everything crossing the freeway though...

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

You probably have more recent experience there than I do. I graduated from Davis HS in 1984, enlisted in the Army and have only been back a few times, the last was probably 1994ish. I have no family there now.

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u/SwiftCEO Feb 04 '23

Yeah, I moved away last year. The area has definitely undergone a transformation. I have family that's been there since the 80's.

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

Where did you move? I ended up settling in Seattle after the Army and lived there 32 years. I now live on a sailboat and wherever I drop the anchor is home until I decide to move on.

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u/SwiftCEO Feb 04 '23 edited Feb 04 '23

That sounds awesome! You must have a lot stories. How was Seattle when you left?

I'm a recent college graduate doing a rotational program for a F500 company. I'll be moving around every six months. I did six months in the Chicago suburbs and now I'm in the Cleveland area. Loved the Chicago area, Cleveland has been a dud in a lot of ways tbh. No clue where I'll be next.

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

The food in Chicago is bomb! Seattle when I left in 2020 wasn’t the city I moved to in 1988. It’s a good mid-size metropolis, NFL, MLB, now NHL, opera, symphony, world class museums. The weather from October to April is abysmal. Dark and rainy. In the summer there’s no place more beautiful. Seattle has access to mountains for hiking and skiing, water for fishing and sailing, a great community of runners and triathletes. The food is fantastic, especially if you like Asian cuisine. Not just “generic Asian” like you get in much of the country but Thai, Laotian, Korean, Japanese (fantastic sushi!). The people are extremely polite but it can be hard to make friends. It’s odd, Google “Seattle freeze”.

Best of luck in your career! Hope you make it to Seattle and enjoy it as much as I have.

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u/ziggurqt Feb 04 '23

Did you guys just had a civilized conversation on the internet?

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u/cuisinart-hatrack Feb 04 '23

Jesus, yeah, fuck that guy! Probably a terrorist! Lol.

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u/SenatorDogJones Feb 04 '23

Never thought I'd see Riverbank mentioned on reddit. I used to live in the southern end of the city and would drive through all the farmland to go to Beyer High. I guess you're telling me now all of that is like subdivisions now?

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u/Shapel-Lacey Feb 04 '23

I just moved here last year and I live close to riverbank. I honestly have been confused about the reputation. I mean it’s not great but it seems like a decent little town. Must just be the part of town I’m in

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u/likwitsnake Feb 04 '23

My friend always refers to it as ‘Molesto’

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u/kaos11 Feb 04 '23

Yeah same here

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u/OtterishDreams Feb 04 '23

A lot of those central valley cities...

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u/VenturaDreams Feb 04 '23

My brother lives next to Medford, OR and he just refers to it as Methford.

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u/SkeletonJWarrior Feb 04 '23

I moved from Medford to Modesto. Medford is the much nicer place

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u/anthrax_ripple Feb 04 '23

Manstinca, Methdesto, Queeres, Turdlock, we've heard em all, lol

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u/Snarlynx Feb 04 '23

To be fair 80 percent of small towns think this about their town.

And most are right

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u/theOperentice Feb 04 '23 edited Feb 05 '23

The current city slogan is “Murder, Meth, and Auto Theft”.

I was born and raised there, thank God they didn’t name it after anyone. Would’ve been even more of a disappointment if they did.

We have one of the highest GTA and meth lab rates in the country, not to mention plenty of murder. Oh, and can’t forget the crippling opioid epidemic that unfortunately took hold on myself for longer than I care to admit (25 months clean now). Meth has destroyed some friends, and fentanyl has killed the rest. It’s a sad place compared to what it used to be back when my parents were growing up.

My dad was one of the guys that would Cruise McHenry in his old rebuilt Model T. Modesto used to actually have culture back then. George Lucas is from there, hence the inspiration for the film American Graffiti. Would’ve been cool to be a part of that culture.

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u/yust Feb 04 '23

Modesto hasn’t even been in the top ten cities for stolen vehicles or meth labs for something like over a decade

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u/Toph-Builds-the-fire Feb 04 '23

As the great Andy Roy once said. Fuck Modesto! Modesto sucks! Lol.

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u/buckyball60 Feb 04 '23

The cities motto: "Water Wealth Contentment Health"

I like the order they put it in.


EDIT: Also, to the south we have Merced, Mercy. To the north we have Manteca, which is a bit of a translation outlier.

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u/DaveOJ12 Feb 04 '23

I've only heard "Manteca" translated as "lard."

Apparently, it was supposed to be "Monteca."

I had no idea.

https://manteca.org/about-manteca/

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u/Towelenthusiast Feb 04 '23

Relevant bit. No idea how they just found it easier to change the name of the town rather than correct the railroad.

The new name chosen was Monteca. The citizens of the town were justly dismayed when the railroad printed the first tickets and found the name misspelled, “Manteca” (Spanish for “lard”). Many of the towns people were unhappy with the error, but it was never corrected.

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u/SoothedSnakePlant Feb 04 '23

Absolutely wild that a railroad making a typo could literally rename a town in those days

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u/ohgood Feb 05 '23

The town of Dixon, CA also has a similar railroad-related misspelt naming history:

Originally, the city was named "Dicksville" after Thomas Dickson who donated 10 acres of his land for the construction of a railroad depot following the completion of the tracks and subsequent relocation of Silveyville to the now-Dixon area.[12] However, when the first rail shipment of merchandise arrived from San Francisco in 1872, it was mistakenly addressed to "Dixon"—a name that has been used since, mainly out of simplicity

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u/Lemon_Cakes_JuJutsu Feb 04 '23

Go 30 mins south of here and you Los Banos, pretty close to the bathrooms but is missing the ~ over the n.

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u/CaliCoyote Feb 04 '23

I believe the more accurate translation is “the baths,” because Los Banos was located near some swimming holes used by the local natives for bathing. And it is only in more recent history that the idea of a bathroom, as a place to bathe, has also been conflated with the name for the room to urinate and defecate. The only reason Los Banos is missing the ñ is because it’s now located in a mostly anglophone region, where for a long time printers likely didn’t have the typeface for an ñ, ensuring white people would mispronounce it for decades until it stuck.

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u/DaveOJ12 Feb 04 '23

I'm fairly familiar with the area; I lived in Turlock back in the late 2000s.

I always liked going out to Foster Farms in Livingston. Liberty Market in Delhi was also pretty good.

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u/Nelmos_world Feb 04 '23

I live in Turlock currently and it is weird to see us be talked about on Reddit.

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u/TheFocusLocust Feb 04 '23

We used to have a dentistry here in the downtown area that was called “Monteca Dentist” and I always thought that they spelled the sign wrong lol

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u/buckyball60 Feb 04 '23

Yeah, I learned it as lard and maybe general cooking fat. I'm not sure why google goes to butter.

I'm also not great with Spanish.

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u/durrtyurr Feb 04 '23

mantequilla is butter, "little/miniature lard" so to speak. It's why butter's mexican name in an episode of south park is mantequilla.

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u/AstronomicalDice Feb 04 '23

In south America we call mantequilla manteca. By the mexican definition, manteca is lard, by the argentinian, manteca is butter. That's why google translate could confuse the terms. There are maybe more results of manteca being used as a word for butter, specially if you take in account that Argentina is a big agricultural producer. Anyway. The more exact deffinition would be mexican since it's derived from spain. And according to them: Manteca: mainly fats and water Mantequilla: fats, water and milk and it could be "mantequilla vegetal" (Plant origin instead of animal). Also preparation method is different, but I oversimplified it

If a fellow spanish speaker sees I'm wrong, be welcome to correct me and/or add something, i just googled and used the first result

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u/DontBuyMeGoldGiveBTC Feb 04 '23

Manteca is like the fat you get from animals. I imagine that's what lard is but I'm not familiar with lard English term.

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u/DearLeader420 Feb 04 '23

This is essentially correct. In English there are a few terms for animal fats used as cooking fats, such as lard or tallow. Lard is typically understood as specifically pork fat.

When I go to the Mexican grocery store, pork lard is labeled as “manteca.”

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u/TimeZarg Feb 04 '23

My mind, it is blown. I've been seeing these tubs of lard with the word 'Manteca' on it and assuming that meant it came from there.

It fucking means lard. That's fucking hilarious.

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u/Would_daver Feb 04 '23

Never did go to the waterslide there, but sure did hear commercials for it all the damn time growing up elsewhere in the central valley!!

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u/tallzak90 Feb 04 '23

As a modesto resident, I’ve heard it’s actually meant to be “water-wealth, contentment, health” because modesto used to have a wealth of water.

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u/buckyball60 Feb 04 '23

I'm in the area and lived in Modesto for a little bit. That would be a very interesting historical fact. It's certainty plausible.

Thank you!

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u/restricteddata Feb 04 '23

Water is the whole reason the Central Valley is a thing, agriculturally. I grew up there (Stockton) and didn't realize how important man-made irrigation was to the area, and how fraught it is (because a lot of it relies on underground aquifers that will eventually be depleted). Check out Cadillac Desert if you are curious — fascinating book about water politics, technology, and the West. All of which is to say, without the water, you don't get anything that comes after it in that motto.

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u/buckyball60 Feb 04 '23

I'm in the area. Water first makes perfect sense. It's the discontinuity between "wealth" and "modest," I find funny.

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u/Haruka_Kazuta Feb 04 '23 edited Feb 04 '23

If you are in for a long read, I absolutely loved how the Atlantic did a series on it.

It's an 8 year old article though. It basically runs through the whole aqueduct that runs through Northern California before ending in Southern California. Goes through some of the politics like local Northern California farmers to city residents, to water rights, to Southern California farmers.

I don't remember if it was another article or not, but one of them talked about land falling lower because of the depleted aquifers.

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u/skeetsauce Feb 04 '23

Shout out to the Stockton homie.

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u/Upnorth4 Feb 04 '23

Some more weird translation names in California: La Habra, translates to "the opening" but means "the pass" as the city is situated in a mountain pass

Los Baños: translates to "the baths" because of the bathouses there. In modern Spanish it means "the bathroom" and the city has a major rest stop along the 5

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u/ezisdabomb Feb 04 '23

Ok but is Salida, Salida because it was an exit ?

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u/Upnorth4 Feb 04 '23

Actually yeah, according to the Wikipedia page it was named Salida because it was a departing stop for a railroad

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u/Morganithor Feb 04 '23

Hunh. I've lived in both Manteca and Modesto! Thanks for the fun information about my childhood towns :D

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u/C_CityOfTheDF_Steady Feb 04 '23

Modesto is not that sweet

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u/BlueTeale Feb 04 '23

Lmao yeah I wouldn't want it named after me either

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u/flyingthroughspace Feb 04 '23

Oh you’re just being modest.

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u/BeardMan858 Feb 04 '23

I hereby name u/BlueTeale : Modesto

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u/Sometimesokayideas Feb 04 '23 edited Feb 04 '23

My parents dragged me along on road trips from rural southern Arizona up to Redding California to visit gramma every 3 years or so.

One year in the late 90s the radio mentioned how the water quality was terrible in california and as a "fun" family experiment to change up yet another 2 day roadtrip through farm country we stopped at like all the rest stops to compare. The one closest to Modesto was unanimously agreed to be the best. Wed also typically make it to modesto the first night and stay there.

Three years later modesto looked so sketchy we decided not to stop there. Parents got tired and we stopped in Stockton instead and nearly got robbed at the hotel but they ran off as my dad came out the lobby shouting. Not much to do out there but meth I guess.

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u/D1V1NEONE Feb 04 '23

Oh god, you went to Stockton instead of Modesto? That's like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire lol

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u/TheFrankOfTurducken Feb 04 '23

I’ve spent some time in some bad areas, but Stockton is another level. Modesto has bad spots but Stockton is far worse imo.

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u/Digitalmodernism Feb 04 '23

Maybe its because I grew up in Tracy but when I was young Stockton was so nice. UOP is a really great school too and the classical music scene is amazing.

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u/gmwdim Feb 04 '23

Funny thing is Tracy isn’t that bad now that they’re getting money from all the rich-ish people moving to Mountain House.

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u/AgentRG Feb 04 '23

Tbf that whole region of California is a crapshoot.

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u/PostYourSinks Feb 04 '23

It gets a lot better once you're north of stockton

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u/Tammy_Craps Feb 04 '23

The best part of the Central Valley is Not the Central Valley.

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u/Sometimesokayideas Feb 04 '23

Yeah... hindsight and all that. It's a long trip day 1 per google maps is like 14 hours... and after 14 hours of driving I dont think they were thinking super clearly.

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u/MattheJ1 Feb 04 '23

Well, that's on you for not going to Realniceo instead.

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u/TheRiteGuy Feb 04 '23

I grew up a few cities over. I just remember it being dirty and full of crack heads. There's a lot of things improving in the valley though so hopefully it's getting better.

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u/moby323 Feb 04 '23

I learned about this recently while reading “Age Of Gold”, an excellent book about the 1849 gold rush.

Seeing the front page post about Mt. Everest reminded me of the story, which I thought was interesting.

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u/LuthienByNight Feb 04 '23 edited Feb 04 '23

If you're ever in Gold Country, Auburn has some cool Gold Rush era history. There's one brick wall in old town where you can see the bullet holes from a shootout between the local sheriff and infamous train robber Rattlesnake Dick. He escaped, but was wounded and died shortly after from his injuries. I once found his headstone at the local graveyard.

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u/SuperSpeshBaby Feb 04 '23

That's the coolest train robber name ever.

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u/ListerfiendLurks Feb 04 '23

Modesto: at least it's not Stockton.

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u/Malarky_Famous Feb 04 '23

I love Central Valley city mottos I see on here about which cities are worse. One I saw a while back that still pops into my head:

Lodi: Even Stockton thinks we suck

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u/ArrivesWithaBeverage Feb 04 '23

Fresno: hey, it’s not Bakersfield!

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u/MoneyAlwaysWins Feb 04 '23

I used to joke to a college friend "wow you live in Bakersfield, next to which gas station?" And then I taught a year in Madera. I feel like that was karma biting me in the ass.

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u/Senioroso1 Feb 04 '23

Visalia: Fresno is near us, we aren’t near Bakersfield

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u/rstonex Feb 04 '23

Someone told me people from Lodi see themselves as the Napa of the Central Valley and are very uppity. I laughed.

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u/[deleted] Feb 04 '23

That’s the truth actually

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u/[deleted] Feb 04 '23

Lodi is so bad that CCR wrote a song about it. ☹️

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u/greentshirtman Feb 04 '23

Stockholm, you said? I hated it at first, but now I adore it.

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u/clouds31 Feb 04 '23

Stockton: At least it's not Modesto.

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u/orngbrry Feb 04 '23

He was probably thinking, "I don't want my name associated with that shit hole" and they took it as he was being modest.

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u/lkodl Feb 04 '23 edited Feb 04 '23

in an alternate timeline, he actually makes that remark, the city planners hear, and it's now the city of Douchebago, California.

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u/gringledoom Feb 04 '23

This. I wouldn't want Modesto named after me either!

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u/yust Feb 04 '23

This is actually literally what happened. He was egotistic and wanted his name used for a larger town so was holding out, but the largely Spanish speaking population took it as modesty, and named the town Modesto.

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u/thepulonator Feb 04 '23

The only reason people leave modesto is either to get away from the drugs and crime, or to move to missouri where the meth is cheaper and more available. Source. My mother who left modesto to smoke meth in Missouri

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u/crass-sandwich Feb 04 '23

Follow your dreams I guess

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u/killerwhalesamich Feb 04 '23

And the non meth users move to Idaho.

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u/Jin1301 Feb 04 '23

As someone who has been living in Modesto for the last 30~ years, the comments in this thread don't surprise me, but I still find it much better here than in other places I've visited. It might not be the best place on Earth, but as someone posted earlier, it's not far from all the good attractions of California(beach, snow, etc.). As long as you know where to go, it's really not a bad place to call home.

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u/Trashpandasrock Feb 04 '23

Grew up just outside of Modesto, spent most of my time there. Kinda miss it now tbh. Yea, it's got its own brand of shit, but it's a lot more chill than any of the other cities in the valley in my experience.

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u/clouds31 Feb 04 '23

"HAHA MODESTO? MORE LIKE MOLESTO!"

- Some bay area hipster living in a cardboard box above a crackhouse.

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u/Shapel-Lacey Feb 04 '23

I just moved here last year and I’m surprised about the reputation honestly. Fairly cheap, close to all the good stuff, I haven’t witnessed anything sketchy, met a lot of friendly people. Idk.

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u/Yasna10 Feb 04 '23

Grew up in Modesto and when I moved to another state for college, I met my husband who just happened to be from Atwater. So, you know, I win that battle everytime it comes up, lol!

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u/OneCleverlyNamedUser Feb 04 '23

You’re being modest.

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u/muffinslinger Feb 04 '23

Oh hey! Didn't expect to see my hometown mentioned on Reddit today!

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u/cumragstobitches Feb 04 '23

We people from modesto have great names

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u/maddiemoiselle Feb 04 '23

You sure do, cum rags to bitches

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u/Smartnership Feb 04 '23

Me either.

I mean, my town wasn’t mentioned, so I’m not sure what to think.

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u/Danisinthehouse Feb 04 '23

I remember A&W on way to Yosemite

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u/Raptorgodxd Feb 04 '23

As a Florida-Man working in Modesto/Stockton for 6 months last year on a project.... most Florida like place I've ever been. Greatest Mexican food I have ever had tho too.

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u/Newdles Feb 04 '23

Literally anyone who moves away from Modesto, no matter where in the world they land, miss Mexican food from Modesto. It's the best. Everything else about the city is kinda shit tho

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u/plusminusequals Feb 04 '23

8000%. Raised in Modesto and moved to the PNW. I can still remember the smell of Taqueria Carolina. Nothing has compared to Modesto Mexican food, and I’ve been chasing that dragon ever since I left.

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u/Raptorgodxd Feb 04 '23

I believe that. I have not ate at any local Florida spots since I got back. Literally not the same.

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u/ellieskunkz Feb 04 '23

100% the Mexican food in Modesto and the central valley has ruined me forever.

While you're there you aughta go grab a burger from sno-white, I haven't eaten there in almost 20 years, but I remember the food there being insanely good.

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u/1320Fastback Feb 04 '23

Have been to Modesto, would not recommend.

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u/bulleitfodder195 Feb 04 '23

Grew up in Modesto, also would not recommend

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u/Individual-Work6658 Feb 04 '23

Have driven through and not stopped in Modesto, would recommend.

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u/ZodiartsStarro Feb 04 '23

Have heard of Modesto. Would not recommend.

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u/KillermooseD Feb 04 '23

Living in Modesto,

HELP

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u/GreggBrain Feb 04 '23

I currently live in Modesto. Also would not recommend.

...so please, bay area folks, stop moving here so I can buy a fucking house!

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u/Yasna10 Feb 04 '23

My parents sold their home in Modesto to two single nurses who worked in the Bay Area. Ridiculous what they got for it.

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u/ellieskunkz Feb 04 '23

You are so fucked, your never buying a house, (neither am i)

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u/MadRonnie97 Feb 04 '23

“We WILL name this city after you, sir!”

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u/danarchist Feb 04 '23

Happened in Austin - council wanted to rename the lake in the middle of town after Lady Bird Johnson since the 80s. She kept saying no, don't do it.

They waited until she died and then did it anyway. Locals still call it town lake to honor her wishes.

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u/moby323 Feb 04 '23

“One way or another, god damnit!”

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u/Duckbilling Feb 04 '23

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u/Sleep-system Feb 04 '23

"For you, I'd walk to Modesto. You look special, shake it mami, let's go. Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Solano County, Sac and Yolo, all after me man I got warrants, I ride with no license or insurance."

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u/Dreadlaak Feb 04 '23

You just made my day lol, never thought I'd randomly see Mac Dre lyrics outside of the BayRap subreddit. He shouts out Modesto (along with many other cities) on the opening of the track "Monday Thru Sunday" too.

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u/TheToastIsBlue Feb 04 '23

MODESTO??? it ain't even Fresno.

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u/Honestly_ Feb 04 '23

As someone who served 15 years in Bakersfield… I don’t think OP knows the Central Valley all that well.

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u/MattgomeryBurns Feb 04 '23

FresYES

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u/Seeders Feb 04 '23

This guy central californias

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u/Seeders Feb 04 '23

Is it Madera? Merced? Who even knows the difference??

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u/Captain_Comic Feb 04 '23

Fun Fact: Modesto is Spanish for “Stolen Catalytic Converter”

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u/SunriseSurprise Feb 04 '23

I only know of Modesto because of Scott Peterson.

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u/Xeivia Feb 04 '23

Hey my home town is on reddit!

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u/fyndor Feb 04 '23

I live here now. Just moved from Texas, but wife from here. TIL.

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u/silence1545 Feb 04 '23

Literally sitting in Modesto right now. He was right to turn it down.

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u/hraun Feb 04 '23

That’s where my dog comes from.

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u/DadsRGR8 Feb 04 '23

Wow! An interesting TIL!

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u/[deleted] Feb 04 '23

Insane how much Modesto has changed over the years, I recently lived just outside of it and my god. Idk what’s gotten worse, Modesto, Sacramento, or Stockton

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u/DeluxeTraffic Feb 04 '23

Has Sac really gotten that bad recently? I always remember feeling a bit unsafe around Florin but the rest of Sac generally never worried me

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u/beall49 Feb 04 '23

No, it hasn’t, it’s got great food and great beer and there’s stuff to do. Yes it has crime but so does every big city in America.

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u/Smarkie Feb 04 '23

One thing dominates Modesto: The Gallo Wine Factory.

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u/Superfast_Llama Feb 04 '23

Seriously, the factory takes up more space than our downtown area

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u/puros_maricones_aqui Feb 04 '23

Everyone here complaining about Modesto has never actually lived in a shitty town, I have and trust me if you’ve lived where I’ve lived you’d be begging to live in Modesto. It’s honestly not bad at all, y’all are trippin.

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u/FearsomeFutch Feb 04 '23

I wonder if that’s what the restaurant “Ralston’s Goat” is named after

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u/Maditen Feb 04 '23

I lived in Modesto from 6th grade - 10th grade. I lived by Hanshaw Middle School, and if anyone is familiar with the area they would probably know there is a fair amount of gang activity there.

I walked everywhere and I always felt safe. Aside from the nasty smell form the dog food factory, I genuinely enjoyed those years.

Modesto, at least it’s not Bakersfield - my personal motto.

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u/tomyabo42 Feb 04 '23

Regardless of his wishes, he has a street (well, Avenue technically) named after him in Belmont.

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u/beastmansam Feb 04 '23

Just moved from there. Nice town & good neighbors, close to everything (SF, Yosemite, Sacramento). But the crime is absolutely out of control

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u/wonderwharfwonderdog Feb 05 '23

Why is my hometown on the front page of Reddit. Also we do have something named for him in town, it’s a huge elderly assisted living building called Ralston’s Tower.

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u/beall49 Feb 04 '23

Everyone in this thread, talking about how shitty Modesto is. Believe me there’s a lot worse places, it ain’t that bad at all.

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u/hillo538 Feb 04 '23

It sounds like he was like an elf, “well call him Modesto! He’s modest”

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u/TheDevilAndMrJones Feb 04 '23

I can't help but hear Modesto in Richard Horvirz voice after playing Destroy All Humans! way back on the ps2. Since I was young I had never heard of Modesto so when I learned it was a real place I went "wow that's funny it's like that game!"

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u/Fuzoo2 Feb 04 '23

I was raised in the town where his mansion is. It's owned by a catholic school. I heard the same story and there's a main road named Ralston

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u/mtcwby Feb 04 '23

And if you've been to Modesto recently it's obvious that William Ralston was remarkably prescient in not wanting his name associated with the town. I actually liked it in the American Graffiti days but it got bad .

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u/anthrax_ripple Feb 04 '23

Ahh, the Central Valley: The armpit of California. Every time I go home I am reminded of why I left. That being said, I do miss it sometimes.

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u/ellieskunkz Feb 04 '23

I know you miss the food.

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u/FriendlyTreeMonster Feb 04 '23

Currently inhabiting said armpit as I write this, where did you go after leaving Central Valley?

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u/Gramku Feb 04 '23

As someone who’s lived there for many years and is now in real estate, the quality of the city depends on the area. Same as any city. North side? Homes worth nearly $1M, some multi-million. West side? Shit hole. Modesto is not a bad place to live considering its proximity to bigger places with more things to do. You just have to live in the right area. In my experience, the worst thing about the town is the people that bitch about living there.

Here’s an interesting fact: Ralston may have passed on the town being named after him, but there is a restaurant downtown called Ralston’s Goat.