Fun Facts About Modesto, CA
The city originated as a stop the railroad made on their trip from Sacramento to Los Angeles.
The city of Modesto was supposed to be named after William C. Ralston, who had financed many of the projects that were happening in California at the time. At the ceremony, Ralston declined the honor, and a railroad worker was overheard to say he was “Muy Modesto,” meaning modest. The town was thus named Modesto. Truthfully, Ralston felt the city was not significant enough to bear his name.
The award-winning movie “American Graffiti,” which was produced by George Lucas in 1973 was shot in this city.
The official slogan of this city is “Water Wealth Contentment Health” and it can be seen in several places. The most significant sign where this slogan can be seen is on a large arch that is located downtown.