Facts About Modesto
Modesto is the home of Gallo Family Winery, the largest privately-owned winery in the world.
Modesto was founded in 1870.
Modesto was to be named Ralston after financier William C. Ralston, However Ralston’s modesty prompted him to ask that another name be found, and the town was named Modesto in recognition of his modesty.
The city’s official motto, “Water Wealth Contentment Health,” is emblazoned on the downtown Modesto Arch.
Modesto was a Tree Center Honoree 29 times.
Modesto is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States.
Modesto is centrally located in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the greatest agricultural areas in the United States.
Modesto is twinned with the following sister cities: Aguascalientes, Mexico; Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine; Kurume, Japan; Laval, France; Mengzi, China; Vernon, Canada & Vijayawada, India.
In 2009, two films were set in Modesto: Janky Promoters & Monsters vs. Aliens.
George Lucas, the famous creator of the Star Wars series, was born in Modesto.