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The White House has a plan to revolutionize the way the U.S. Postal Service delivers mail.

President Biden along with congressional Democrats want to overhaul all 228,000 postal delivery trucks and replace them with electric vehicles — flipping the largest civilian fleet in the federal workforce and ditching thousands of ancient vans that get 10 mpg.

But the post office has been down this road before.

For more than a century, the post office has toyed with the idea of electric vehicles. Efforts to deliver mail by electric car have been frequently thwarted and occasionally catalyzed by major events in U.S. history, from the invention of the car in the late 1800s to the 1970s oil crisis all the way to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Now, the Postal Service is once again faced with the choice to electrify, and its future is uncertain.

Earlier this year, the agency signed a contract that would replace its aging fleet with 90 percent fossil fuel-powered trucks. But Biden and Democratic lawmakers are working to shepherd a massive spending bill that would sink billions of dollars into electrifying those same vehicles.

The stakes are significant. The transportation sector is the single largest carbon emitter in the country, and USPS uses more energy than any other federal agency.

Analysts say replacing the Postal Service’s massive fleet could spark major investments in charging infrastructure, battery production and associated supply chains — a shot in the arm for achieving economies of scale.

The health benefits for drivers and the communities they serve would be significant, environmentalists say. As the gas-guzzling vehicles weave through densely populated neighborhoods, they currently expose people to air pollution with every stop and belching start.

And theoretically, it wouldn’t be hard to do. Mail carrier routes are predictable and travel an average of only 20 miles a day. That means even outdated lead-acid battery technology would provide adequate range. The trucks also are parked in the same spot — offering the opportunity for reliable overnight charging.

“When I look at the reality of the potential benefits of electric transportation — it can’t happen fast enough,” said Marc Geller, an early EV adopter and co-founder and vice president of Plug In America.

And yet it’s been a long time coming.

Out with the horse-drawn wagon

The post office in the 1960s experimented with three-wheeled delivery vehicles called “mailsters."

Interest by the post office in electric vehicles started 122 years ago — a little more than a decade after the invention of the modern automobile.

On July 2, 1899, in Buffalo, N.Y., the city superintendent used an electric car to collect parcels from 40 mailboxes. It took an hour and 30 minutes, which was less than half the usual time it took with a horse-drawn wagon, according to USPS records.

The following year, Detroit Postmaster Freeman Dickerson test-drove both electric and gasoline-powered vehicles.

While each proved twice as fast as horse-drawn wagons, the gas automobile was slightly faster. And since the gas-powered car would not have to spend hours out of service recharging, Dickerson told his colleagues in Washington, D.C., that the “automobile operated by gasoline will be far preferable.”

By 1917, the modern system of government-owned and -operated mail delivery was taking hold, and gasoline-powered automobiles, which were faster and more powerful than electric ones, largely became the vehicles of choice.

When the post office began to modernize its delivery routes in the 1950s, it started experimenting with electric vehicles again.

In its quest for cost-effective and efficient vehicles, the department began testing electric mailsters, which were small, three-wheeled delivery vehicles. In 1961, the post office ordered 300 electric mailsters from a manufacturer called Highway Products Co. to be deployed in Florida.

But the mailsters didn’t accelerate well and only traveled half as fast as their gas-powered counterparts. By the late 1960s, the post office began phasing out mailsters altogether. And overall, EVs never took mainstream hold.

The oil embargo meets environmental mandates

Cars line up in two directions at a New York City gas station in this 1973 file photo.

The 1970s saw a renewed interest in electric vehicles as a means of addressing both environmental and national security threats.

Air pollution from tailpipe emissions was becoming an increasingly threatening health hazard. And major oil producers in Arab countries had cut off exports to the United States to protest American military support for Israel during its war with Egypt and Syria.

The embargo led to skyrocketing gas prices and long lines at filling stations, prompting the United States to rethink its dependence on foreign oil.

“People had to wait two or three hours in line to get gasoline, and the post office said, ‘Oh, we can’t do that,’” said Ray Levinson, a retired environmental program manager for the Postal Service’s California division.

To ensure an adequate supply of gasoline, USPS started building large storage tanks full of gas in the ground underneath a number of post offices, Levinson said.

“Which was smart for a while, but the problem was, about 10 years later, they all started leaking,” he said.

Then in the early 1990s, Congress passed a number of laws that ordered federal fleets to acquire alternative-fuel vehicles. At the same time, California instated a fairly aggressive zero-emissions vehicle mandate.To comply, the major car companies started developing a limited series of EVs that they mostly leased for about $500 a month.

In 1999, Levinson took advantage of the new supply of EVs and shepherded the nation’s first all-electric USPS delivery fleet in the Harbor City neighborhood of Los Angeles, which also helped the Postal Service meet its federal alternative vehicles requirements.

With the help of a $60,000 grant from the Energy Department, the Harbor City post office bought a dozen or so electric minivans from DaimlerChrysler.

“Everybody loved them. You know, it was a big deal,” Levinson said. “We really thought it would just kind of spread all across the country.”

Ford inks a major EV deal

Bruce Kopf, the Ford Motor Co. engineer who developed the electric Ranger, meets with then-President Clinton.

The following year, USPS announced it would purchase 6,000 EVs from Ford Motor Co., starting with an initial order of 500 electric Ranger pickup trucks, which, at the time, was the single largest electric vehicle order in U.S. history.

Dennis Baca, the Postal Service’s national environmental policy manager, oversaw the effort. At the time, he said the move was prompted by the need to be “cost effective” and “environmentally responsible,” and he thanked Ford for helping the agency meet that goal. Baca died in 2009.

“In those days, that was like, wow, what a huge opportunity for us,” said Bruce Kopf, who developed the electric Ford Ranger.

Kopf, an engineer by training, worked at Ford from 1970 until he retired in 2002. In 1992, after California passed its ZEV mandate, he was assigned the task of coming up with Ford’s electric model.

“Unlike [General Motors], I felt that doing a unique car like the EV1 was a waste of money, and I wanted to find a conversion of an existing vehicle,” he said.

Eventually, Kopf figured out how to convert the Ford Ranger into an electric pickup truck, hundreds of which are still in use today thanks to the truck’s small but dedicated following (Climatewire, June 3).

The Postal Service’s initial deployment of 500 EVs was considered a massive success and was hailed as the cutting edge of alternative fuel innovation. Kopf was invited to the White House and had his picture taken with then-President Clinton.

In a 1997 DOE report, USPS director of vehicle engineering Han Dinh said that mail carriers were “very enthusiastic” about the electric vehicles. “In fact, they volunteer to use them because they are quieter, and the drivers feel they are contributing to a cleaner environment,” he said.

Unintended consequences

A USPS poster touts the benefits of electric delivery trucks

But not long after the 9/11 attacks, letters laced with anthrax started showing up in the mail, killing five people and sickening 17 more. The FBI called the incidents the worst biological attacks in U.S. history, and USPS said it needed to divert resources to handle the threat.

In fact, Baca, who had led the EV effort as environmental manager for the Postal Service, was then directly charged with tackling the anthrax crisis. His response to the attacks became the model for postal systems in more than 150 nations and earned him a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal.

“Unfortunately, the September 11 terrorist attack and subsequent bio-terrorist attacks on the mail system required the USPS to redirect its priorities resulting in a suspension of all vehicle purchases for the fiscal 2002 year,” Dinh wrote in a 2002 report. “Therefore, the USPS will not be able to purchase any vehicles this year, including the [electric] option quantities.”

A spokesperson for USPS declined to make Dinh available for an interview for this story.

Dinh wrote that USPS “remains very interested” in alternative-fuel vehicles and would continue to work with Ford and the industry to advance the technology. But the program was never restarted.

That’s in part because the cancellation led to a supply chain collapse, Kopf said. Ford contracted with a company called East Penn to make the batteries that powered the electric Rangers.

“Well, once they found out that there were no more postal vehicles to be built, they said, ‘We’re not going to make any more of these batteries,’” Kopf said. “So they shut down the battery supply, so there were no replacement batteries. And that was kind of the end of the whole thing.”

At the crossroads again

Days after taking office, Biden set a goal to electrify all 645,000 federal vehicles.

Yet shortly thereafter, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy made a $600 million decision to replace the Postal Service’s aging fleet with 90 percent fossil fuel-powered trucks, bypassing two other suitors that had proposed hybrid gas-electric and pure battery-electric vehicles.

The new vehicles would replace the decades-old, gas-guzzling Grumman Long Life Vehicles (LLVs), which are known to catch on fire and lack air bags and air conditioning. LLVs debuted between 1987 and 1994. Today, they have a fuel economy of less than 10 mpg.

The move has spurred backlash from lawmakers and EV advocates who want to see the federal fleet electrified to reduce emissions that cause climate change (E&E Daily, May 13).

But DeJoy has said his agency, which is severely strapped for cash, could only afford to make 10 percent of its fleet electric without more of a federal investment.

Biden’s sprawling social spending bill could offer a remedy. It would sink $6 billion into postal electrification, enough to ensure that the agency’s fleet is 70 percent electric by 2028.

Still, Democratic infighting is threatening to sink the $555 billion climate package. If that happens, it would mean yet another failure in the century-old endeavor to electrify U.S. mail delivery.

Levinson, who continues to use his electric Ford Ranger, said he hopes USPS ultimately will see the value in EVs.

“Twenty-one years later, I’m still driving it,” he said, adding that the Postal Service would benefit from the vehicle’s longevity. “I mean, they call them long-life vehicles.”


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"Modesto" redirects here. For other uses, see Modesto (disambiguation).

City in California, United States

Modesto, California

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Clockwise: Modesto Arch; Hotel Covell; Gallo Center for the Arts

Official seal of Modesto, California



City of Great Neighbors


Water Wealth Contentment Health[1]

Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California

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Coordinates: 37°39′41″N120°59′40″W / 37.66139°N 120.99444°W / 37.66139; -120.99444Coordinates: 37°39′41″N120°59′40″W / 37.66139°N 120.99444°W / 37.66139; -120.99444
CountryUnited States
RegionSan Joaquin Valley
FoundedNovember 8, 1870
IncorporatedAugust 6, 1884[2]
Named forThe modesty of William Chapman Ralston
 • TypeCouncil-manager[3]
 • MayorSue Zwahlen
 • City managerJoseph Lopez
 • City44.80 sq mi (116.04 km2)
 • Land42.97 sq mi (111.30 km2)
 • Water1.83 sq mi (4.74 km2)  0.61%
 • Metro1,515 sq mi (3,920 km2)


52 ft (27 m)
 • City218,464
 • Rank1st in Stanislaus County
18th in California
103rd in the United States
 • Density5,007.59/sq mi (1,933.45/km2)
 • Metro514,453
 • Metro density340/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes[7]

95350–95358, 95397

Area code209
GNIS IDs[5][8]277609, 2411130
FIPS code[5][8]06-48354

Modesto (Spanish for '"modest"')[9] is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States. With a population of approximately 218,464 at the 2020 census, it is the 18th largest city in the state of California and forms part of the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area.

Modesto is located in the Central Valley, 68 miles (109 km) south of Sacramento and 90 miles (140 km) north of Fresno. Its distance from other places include 40 miles (64 km) north of Merced, California, 92 miles (148 km) east of San Francisco, 66 miles (106 km) west of Yosemite National Park, and 24 miles (39 km) south of Stockton. Modesto has been honored as a Tree City USA numerous times.[10]

The city is surrounded by rich farmland. Stanislaus County ranks sixth among California counties in farm production,[11] and is home to Gallo Family Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the United States.[12] Led by milk, almonds, chickens, walnuts, and corn silage, the county grossed nearly $3.1 billion in agricultural production in 2011. The farm-to-table movement plays a central role in Modesto living as in the Central Valley.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 2011, which interviews 1,000 participants about their jobs, finances, physical health, emotional state of mind and communities, ranked Modesto 126 out of the 190 cities surveyed.[13] In December 2009, Forbes ranked Modesto 48th out of 100 among "Best Bang-for-the-Buck Cities". In this ranking, Modesto ranked 8th in housing affordability and travel time but also ranked 86th in job forecast growth and 99th in foreclosures.[14]


Modesto's 10th Street c. 1890

The City of Modesto was originally a stop on the railroad connecting Sacramento to Los Angeles.[15] When Modesto was founded in 1870, it was to be named Ralston after financier William C. Ralston. Ralston's modesty prompted him to ask that another name be found, and the town was named Modesto in recognition of his modesty.[16]

Modesto's population exceeded 1,000 residents in 1884. With fields of grain, the nearby Tuolumne River for grain barges, and railroad traffic, the town grew. Irrigation water came from dams installed in the foothills, and irrigated fields of vegetables and fruit and nut trees flourished. By 1900, Modesto's population was more than 4,500. During World War II, the area provided canned goods, powdered milk, and eggs for the US armed forces and Allied forces. For the next few decades, Modesto's population grew about two percent per year to over 100,000 in 1980, and over 200,000 in 2001.

The city's official motto, "Water Wealth Contentment Health," is emblazoned on the downtown Modesto Arch, which is featured in local photographs and postcards. The motto was selected in a contest held in 1911, with a $3 prize for the winner. (The original winning motto, "Nobody's got Modesto's goat",[17] was later declined by town officials.) Modesto's motto is sometimes spoofed as "The land gets the water, the bankers get the wealth, the cows get contentment, and the farmers get the health."[18]


Although the city is located on the Tuolumne River and near the Stanislaus River, it has no operating port for oceangoing ships due to the shallow depths of these rivers, and also due to a small dam on the Tuolumne River near Highway 99. In Modesto there is also a small creek aptly named Dry Creek, which although badly polluted by agricultural runoff, is adjacent to several parks in Modesto. Most of the rivers and streams are otherwise not accessible to public use or view due to fences and private property rights. There are no public boat ramps or docks within the city limits. Although summertime brings high temperatures, swimming is prohibited by local ordinance in rivers, creeks, and the many irrigation canals. Rivers and lakes near Waterford are wide enough to be accessible for a kayak, or small motorboat, and there are several points of public access. This access was given as part of a government plan when hydroelectric power dams were installed upstream for valuable flood control, irrigation, and electric power generation. The nearest large open seaport is the Port of Stockton, used for oceangoing ships that transport goods, particularly cement, fertilizer, and agricultural products, from California to overseas.


Modesto has a hot semi-arid climate (BSh) under the Köppen climate classification. It has mild winters with moderate rainfall and long, hot, dry summers. Average January temperatures range from 56 °F (13 °C) in the day to 40 °F (4 °C) at night. Most of the rainfall occurs during the winter and the annual total is 13.2 in (340 mm). The city does not have a full storm sewer system, and many streets flood during winter rain storms.

Average July temperatures range from 95 °F (35 °C) in the day to 63 °F (17 °C) at night. During the summer months there can be multiple days in a row with high temperatures exceeding 100 °F (38 °C). This can pose health risks for people with weak constitutions or who ignore the dangers of heat stroke. Onshore breezes (known locally as the "delta breeze") moderate these high temperatures somewhat, with cooler air coming in after 8 or 9 pm on summer nights.

Climate data for Modesto, California (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
Average high °F (°C) 55.4
Average low °F (°C) 40.1
Record low °F (°C) 18
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.61
Source: NOAA[19]


Historical population
2019 (est.)215,196[20]7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[21]


The 2010 United States Census[22] reported that Modesto had a population of 201,165. The population density was 5,423.4 people per square mile (2,094.0/km2). The racial makeup of Modesto was 130,833 (65.0%) White, 8,396 (4.2%) African American, 2,494 (1.2%) Native American, 13,557 (6.7%) Asian (1.5% Filipino, 1.3% Asian Indian, 1.2% Cambodian, 0.7% Chinese, 0.6% Vietnamese, 0.5% Laotian, 0.2% Japanese, 0.2% Korean, 0.1% Hmong, 0.1% Pakistani), 1,924 (1.0%) Pacific Islander, 31,244 (15.5%) from other races, and 12,717 (6.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 71,381 persons (35.5%): 30.8% Mexican, 0.7% Puerto Rican, 0.6% Salvadoran, 0.5% Spaniard, 0.4% Spanish, 0.3% Nicaraguan, and 0.2% Guatemalan. Non-Hispanic Whites were 49.4% of the population in 2010,[23] down from 83.1% in 1980.[24]

The Census reported that 198,210 people (98.5% of the population) lived in households, 1,189 (0.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 1,766 (0.9%) were institutionalized.

There were 69,107 households, out of which 27,152 (39.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 33,230 (48.1%) were married couples living together, 10,774 (15.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 4,904 (7.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 5,177 (7.5%) unmarried. 15,887 households (23.0%) were made up of individuals, and 6,221 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87. There were 48,908 families (70.8% of all households); the average family size was 3.38.

The population was spread out, with 54,012 people (26.8%) under the age of 18, 20,838 people (10.4%) aged 18 to 24, 53,116 people (26.4%) aged 25 to 44, 49,691 people (24.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 23,508 people (11.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

There were 75,044 housing units at an average density of 2,023.2 per square mile (781.2/km2), of which 39,422 (57.0%) were owner-occupied, and 29,685 (43.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.1%. 112,065 people (55.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 86,145 people (42.8%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2011 American Community Survey 5-Year estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $49,852, and the median income for a family was $56,629.[25] Males had a median income of $47,473 versus $37,629 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,886. About 14.9% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.3% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

In September 2010, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released a study indicating that 32% of the population was obese vs. a statewide average obesity rate of 22.7%. Poverty was one of the factors listed as contributing to the high obesity rates.[citation needed]


As of the census[26] of 2000, there were 188,856 people, 64,959 households, and 46,640 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,277.3 people per square mile (2,037.4/km2). There were 67,179 housing units at an average density of 1,877.2 per square mile (724.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.6% White, 25.6% Hispanic or Latino, 4.0% African American, 1.2% Native American, 6.0% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander.

There were 64,959 households, out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 30.1% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.


Modesto has a large agricultural industry which is based on the fertile farmland surrounding the city. Modesto is home to the largest winery in the world: E & J Gallo Winery. The Gallo Glass Company, a company of Gallo Winery, is the largest wine bottle manufacturing company in the world. The company provides thousands of office and manufacturing jobs to Stanislaus County residents. Other major privately owned companies based in Modesto include Foster Farms Dairy, Royal Robbins, international award winner Fiscalini Cheese, Sciabica Olive Oil, Acme Construction, Aderholt Specialty, and 5.11 Tactical (formerly a part of Royal Robbins, a United States brand of clothing consisting of uniforms and tactical equipment for military). A cannery downtown produces food which is usually shipped to Sacramento and Fresno for transfer to rail or ship. Ceres has a few cereal and snack factories in the area. There are several small steelworking companies in Modesto. In mid-2008, a number of road projects were underway, with roads being constructed, repaved or repaired, at an estimated total cost of nearly $120 million.

Principal employers[edit]

# Employer # of Employees
1 E & J Gallo Winery[27]5,000
2 Memorial Medical Center3,023
3 Modesto City Schools3,010
4 Doctors Medical Center2,600
5 Kaiser Permanente1,759
6 Modesto Junior College1,522
7 Graspointner Management Incorporated 1,403
8 City of Modesto 1,250
9 Sutter Gould Medical Foundation1,079
10 Save Mart Supermarkets950
11 Walmart745
12 Sylvan Union School District712
13 Modesto Irrigation District317


Rates of both violent crimes and property crimes are higher in Modesto than the state average.[28] Of particular note is that Modesto ranks among the top car theft cities in the US. As of 2012[update], Modesto ranked number 1 in car thefts per 100,000 people,[29] although the city dropped to number 3 in 2013, behind Bakersfield and Fresno.[30]


Modesto is known for the following tourist attractions and historical sites:

  • McHenry Mansion[31] – Built in the early 1880s by Robert McHenry, a local rancher and banker. The mansion is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are given.
  • McHenry Museum – Across the street from the McHenry Mansion. It is filled with tidbits from Modesto's history.
  • George Lucas Plaza – American Graffiti-inspired bronze statue made in honor of Modesto filmmaker George Lucas, located at Five Points (the intersection of McHenry Avenue, "J" Street, 17th Street, Downey and Needham).
  • Gallo Center for the Arts – Center for the performing arts opened in 2007 and located in downtown Modesto at 1000 "I" Street.
  • Downtown Modesto – Known for having a variety of restaurants and night life, including 3 weekly farmer's markets. It also hosts a multi-venue Art Walk year-round on the third Thursday of the month, free to view with maps available.
  • The State Theatre – Dating back to the 1920s, it was recently renovated and serves as a local performance arts center and as a theater specializing in independent and foreign films.
  • John Thurman Field – Renovated stadium, home of the Modesto Nuts baseball team (single "A" affiliate of the Seattle Mariners team).[32]
  • Graceada Park neighborhood – An area of representative old homes (circa 1920s and earlier) with streets lined with large city-planted shade trees and a series of parks, a bandshell and other amenities. The name Graceada is based on two local residents, Grace Beard and Ada Wisecarver, who helped promote the idea of parks in the area and whose families donated the land for Graceada Park. This park was designed by John McLaren, who also designed and was the longtime superintendent of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. [33]


The Rockabilly genre of music originated in Modesto with the formation of Maddox Brothers & Rose on KTRB Radio in 1937. The "Hillbilly Boogie" sound, featuring the string slapping percussive sound by Fred Maddox, would become popular on a national scale and would later be the foundation for Rockabilly. Fred Maddox's bass is housed at the Experience Project Museum in Seattle, Washington.[34]

The city's annual Architectural Festival honors Modesto's history as a testing ground for mid-century modern architecture during the 1940s and 1950s. Modesto's mid-century buildings have been featured four times in Museum of Modern Art publications.

Filmmaker George Lucas, who was born in Modesto, graduated from Thomas Downey High School in 1962 and attended Modesto Junior College, immortalized the city in his award-winning 1973 film American Graffiti. Although it was not shot in Modesto, the film portrayed the spirit of cruising and friendship on Modesto's 10th and 11th Streets in 1962, and inspired a revival of interest in 1950s pop culture. Modesto celebrates Graffiti Summer annually and features the Historic Cruise Route and Walk of Fame of Graffiti Legends. Downtown Modesto features a series of Graffiti-themed and other cultural murals.

Historical places[edit]


McHenry Mansion[edit]

Main article: McHenry Mansion

The McHenry Mansion is a restored historic home located at Fifteenth and I Streets. The McHenry family built the house in 1883 after the patriarch of the family, Oramil McHenry, left twenty thousand dollars in his will.[31] The mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1978.

Hawke Castle[edit]

Main article: Hawke Castle

The Hawke Castle is a historic residence built in 1929. It was influenced by the Norman architecture, and is now the property of George Thayer Real Estate.

Crow House[edit]

or the Walter B. Wood House, was originally located at 814 Twelfth Street. The house was originally owned by Walter Wood and was constructed in 1884 in the Italianate style. The house has been removed from its original location, and modern renovation of the house has compromised its NRHP designation.

Robert Walton House[edit]

The Robert Walton House was constructed in 1957, as a development of Frank Lloyd Wright's New York Usonian Exhibition House concept.


El Viejo Post Office[edit]

The U. S. "El Viejo" Post Office is located on Twelfth and I Streets. Wall murals inside the post office were painted by Ray Boynton, a Work Projects Administration artist. The post office was listed in the NRHP in 1983.

Dry Creek Bridge[edit]

The Dry Creek Bridge, formerly on State Route 132, was recommended eligible for its design. The bridge is a major example of John B. Leonard's bridge designs.

Southern Pacific Railroad Depot[edit]

Main article: Southern Pacific Railroad Depot (Modesto, California)

The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot was constructed in 1915 in the Mission style at the corner of J and Ninth Streets. The City of Modesto was established as a town by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1870. The building has been restored and expanded as the City Transportation Center.


Aerial photo of City of Ceres, California


Modesto is served by one of the busiest rail corridors in the country. The AmtrakSan Joaquin makes eight daily stops on the route between Oakland and Bakersfield, and four stops daily on the route between Sacramento and Bakersfield, at a station on the east edge of town.

Altamont Corridor Express commuter rail is planned to recommence rail service to the former Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in 2023.[35]

The large industrial region south and east of the city is served by the Modesto and Empire Traction Company, a 5-mile (8.0 km) short line railroad, with a web of industry tracks and many customers.[citation needed]

At one time, Modesto was the operational center of the Tidewater Southern Railway, which had its main line down the center of Ninth Street, a major north–south street. A city ordinance passed by the city council kept electric power lines over this section of street activated long after the railroad had converted to steam power. In 2000, the last trains ran down Ninth Street. Now the railroad (owned by the Union Pacific Railroad since 1983) no longer passes through Modesto.

Modesto also is planned to be served by the future California High-Speed Rail.

Public transit[edit]

Three public transit systems serve Modesto: Modesto Area Express (MAX), StaRT, and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District along the northern edge of the city on McHenry Avenue. MAX is the local system with additional connections to the Altamont Corridor Express train station in Lathrop and the Dublin/PleasantonBART station. MAX also provides a paratransit "dial-a-ride" service which specifically caters to seniors and the disabled. It is open to the general public only during certain times.[36] StaRT connects Modesto to the county's other populated centers.


Modesto is served by the Modesto City-County Airport that lies east of California State Route 99 within the city limits. SkyWest Airlines (operating as United Express) provided air service to San Francisco International Airport, however commercial service stopped in June 2014.[37] The airport is used for manufacturing and the shipping industries throughout California and the United States.

Highways and roads[edit]

Interstate 5 and California State Route 99 provide major highway access to Modesto. California State Route 132 links the city to Interstate 580, providing commuter access to highways into the Bay Area. California State Route 108 connects to Oakdale, California and east to the foothills. The city has added many roundabouts in an effort to ease traffic congestion within the town with varying degrees of success.

Planning and environment[edit]

In the late 1980s Modesto embarked on an update to the city's general plan pursuant to requirements of the State of California. The result was a comprehensive evaluation of alternative population and land use projections along with associated environmental impact analysis. Some of the environmental factors technically assessed were air quality, water quality, environmental noise, soil contamination and visual impacts.

Much of the soils in Modesto are classified as part of the Hanford series: (HbpA) fine sandy loam, moderately deep over silt.[38] These soils are well-drained, moderately coarse-textured soils derived from alluvium from granitic rock. The Hanford soils are important for the production of a wide variety of irrigated orchard, field, and truck crops.

Vicinity watercourses include the Stanislaus River, the Tuolumne River and Dry Creek empties into the Tuolumne River. Area groundwater, which is the principal source of water supply in the city,[39] has been historically impaired in a fashion that is spatially variable. Water from the nearby Modesto Reservoir is now used to augment city water. In various parts of the city and its perimeter the following water pollutants have occurred from time to time: nitrates, dibromochloromethane, volatile organics, salinity, total dissolved solids and other pesticides.[40] Each of these contaminants is not present citywide.

The EPA rates air quality in Modesto as a 23 on a scale to 100 (higher is better), making Modesto an unhealthy place to live for those with breathing difficulties. This is based on ozone alert days and number of pollutants in the air. In May 2010, Forbes magazine, in association with the American Lung Association, indicated that Modesto was one of the top 25 most polluted cities in the U.S.[41]

Downtown revitalization[edit]

As of the 2000s, downtown Modesto (DOMO) has new attractions including the Gallo Center for the Arts and the new Downtown Plaza adjacent to Modesto Centre Plaza. Downtown Modesto has lost the Hotel Covell, the art deco Strand Theatre, and the Sears building.

The historic streets of 10th and 11th streets that were the original locations of the cruising featured in American Graffiti have been designated by the City of Modesto as the Historic Cruise Route. This is now a tourist walk with information about Modesto's music, car and Graffiti culture.

In 2014, the Walk of Fame was launched on the Historic Cruise Route with markers celebrating classic legends like George Lucas, Gene Winfield, Bart Bartoni and others.

Classic Community Murals was launched by Modesto magazine ModestoView and the Peer Recovery Art Center to create a series of large scale murals celebrating the Modesto Classic Graffiti heritage. Many of these are on the Cruise Route.

New business incentives have been created to enhance facades, signage, and permitting. A promenade is being designed to create a special entertainment zone along the corridor between the Modesto Centre Plaza and the Gallo Center for the Arts and the adjacent core streets of 10th, 11th and J Streets.


The Modesto Nuts Minor League Baseball Club is a class A California League. The Nuts are the Single A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners and play 70 home games each season.

Track and field competition includes the Modesto Relays named after meet director Tom Moore after his death. 30 world records were set at the meet held at Modesto Junior College.

Arts and culture[edit]

Music festivals include SummerFest, the Downtown summer concert series, featuring Chris Isaak, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Doobie Brothers and Styx.

X-Fest, deriving from its real name Xclamation Festival, was a 21 and over music festival in downtown Modesto. Starting in 2000, X-Fest has evolved into a large outdoor event stretching 15 blocks and featuring the world's largest disco which covers four blocks on its own. In 2008 X-Fest featured 50 bands and a crowd of 15,000 people. Much of the profits end up in local non-profit charities. Some business owners and citizens of Modesto complain of rowdy and often drunk Mardi Gras atmosphere exhibited at X-fest. The last X-fest occurred in Modesto in 2015.

Summers are also marked by the revival of American Graffiti, the 1973 film written and directed by Modesto native George Lucas. Lucas' film paid homage to teenage life in 1962 based on his own experiences growing up in the city of Modesto. The city has realized the importance of its connection to the award-winning film, and the city is preparing new tourist attractions and events to welcome Graffiti tourists. The Modesto Convention and Visitors bureau report that the leading request for information is American Graffiti-related. The annual festival, Graffiti Summer, celebrates this event and lasts the entire month of June, attracting thousands of visitors and car enthusiasts along with hundreds of classic and antique cars.

Downtown Modesto has the Modesto Historic Cruise Route on 10th and 11th St, the Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, and the Classic Community Mural series of large scale art celebrating the American Graffiti history.

Located in downtown Modesto is the State Theater with music acts and independent films.

Downtown Modesto hosts a monthly Art Walk, with local artists displaying art for sale, artist demos, local gallery shows, in a multi-venue map self-guided tour.

Music and performing arts[edit]

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra, which finds its home at the Gallo Center, held their first performance when Modesto had a population of 17,000 in 1931 and continues to be a staple in the community.[42] Not to be outdone by the Symphony, MoBand (Modesto Band of Stanislaus County), established in 1919, is one of the oldest, continuously performing bands in the U.S.[43] The group performs a free 6-week summer concert-in-the-park series with its 130 volunteer musicians.

Modesto is also home to Townsend Opera, founded in 1983 by the late Modesto-born opera singer Buck Townsend, and Modesto Performing Arts, as well as the Gallo Center for the Arts.[44] Modesto is also home to the area's leading professional ballet company, Central West Ballet.

The Mexican culture and traditions are displayed by the Ballet Folklorico Group "Casa Cultural Tradiciones". Folklorico groups are often at Modesto events, sharing their culture with traditional dance and colorful attire.

The MAMA, Modesto Area Music Awards are held each October. Local radio stations and promoters nominate local bands and voting happens online. There is a black tie ceremony and trophies are given to winners in multiple categories. A lifetime achievement award is also presented. The MAMA’s were created by Chris Murphy and Chris Ricci to support and encourage local musicians.


See also: Government of Stanislaus County, California

Local government[edit]

Modesto is governed under a council-manager system.[3] The Mayor is elected at-large. The six members of the city council are elected from districts by the voters within the respective district.

According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $357,631,225 in Revenues, $1,826,668,511 in total assets, and $876,459,686 in total liabilities. The city has adopted a policy to achieve and maintain a General Fund reserve at 8% of the fund's total operating expenditures for fiscal year 2017–2018. At the end of the fiscal year, the General Fund balance was $26,745,582 or 22.5% of total General Fund expenditures.[45]

Residents of Modesto also participate in the Government of Stanislaus County and elections for Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors district 1 as well as the Sheriff-Coroner, District Attorney, Assessor, Auditor-Controller, Treasurer-Tax Collector, and Clerk-Recorder. As of January 2013 these were represented by Supervisor William O'Brien, Sheriff-Coroner Adam Christianson, District Attorney Birgit Fladager, Assessor David Cogdill Sr., Auditor-Controller Lauren Klein, Treasurer-Tax Collector Gordon Ford, and Clerk-Recorder Lee Lundrigan.

The current mayor and council members are:[46]

  • Mayor: Sue Zwahlen
  • Council Members: Rosa Escutia-Braaton, Tony Madrigal, Chris Ricci, Bill Zoslocki, Jenny Kenoyer, and David Wright.

List of mayors[edit]

This is a non-exhaustive list of Modesto mayors by year.

Federal and state representation[edit]

In the California State Senate, Modesto is split between the 5th Senate District, represented by Democrat Susan Eggman, and the 12th Senate District, represented by Democrat Anna Caballero.[53] In the California State Assembly, Modesto is split between the 12th Assembly District, represented by Republican Heath Flora, and the 21st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Adam Gray.[54]

In the United States House of Representatives, Modesto is in California's 10th congressional district, represented by Democrat Josh Harder.[55]


City schools[edit]

Modesto City Schools was established for students in the community in 1871. The current enrollment is approximately 32,000 students. The district operates 23 elementary schools (K-6), four junior high schools (7–8), seven comprehensive high schools (9–12), and an alternative education program that includes an opportunity and continuation school, independent study and adult evening high school. The seventh comprehensive high school, Joseph Gregori High School, was recently completed. Modesto's oldest high school, Modesto High School, also offers an International Baccalaureate program, and is the only high school in Stanislaus County accredited for this program. There are other elementary school districts within and adjacent to the limits of Modesto City Schools that feed into the high schools. They include Sylvan Union (serving the eastern portion of Modesto), Stanislaus Union and Hart-Ransom.

Private schools[edit]

Higher education[edit]

  • Modesto Junior College is a two-year junior college in Modesto and has over 20,000 students enrolled and 21 inter-collegiate sports teams.
  • Community Business College, vocational college in Modesto providing vocational training and job placement services to the unemployed with non-profit tuition scholarships. Offers training in medical office, bookkeeping, property management, foreign languages, medical coding and solar technologies.


Television stations[edit]

As part of the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto television market, Modesto is primarily served by stations that are based mainly in Sacramento. They are listed below, with the city of license in bold:


FM stations[edit]

  • KMPO 88.7: World ethnic
  • KLOVE 89.7: AC Christian
  • Air 1 90.7 Christian (alternative/pop)
  • KVIN 92.3: Oldies
  • KOSO 92.9: Country
  • KPHD 93.3: The Best Local Bands and all the Real News
  • KBBU 93.9: Regional Mexican
  • KHOP 95.1: Top 40 (CHR)
  • KMRQ 96.7: Rock
  • KWIN 97.7 & 98.3: Mainstream urban
  • KQOD 100.1: Rhythmic oldies
  • KMIX 100.9: Regional Mexican
  • KAMB 101.5: AC Christian
  • KJSN 102.3: Adult contemporary
  • KATM 103.3: Country
  • KHKK 104.1: Classic rock
  • KHTN 104.7: Hip-hop
  • KRVR 105.5: Classic hits
  • KGIG-LP 104.9: Local-Bands & News / community radio

AM stations[edit]

  • KCBC 770: Christian Talk/Programs
  • KMPH 840: Catholic radio
  • KVIN 920: Oldies
  • KESP 970: Sports
  • KFIV 1360: Talk radio
  • KLOC 1390: Regional Mexican

Print media[edit]

  • The Modesto Bee: Modesto's daily newspaper, published by the McClatchy Company
  • Modestoview magazine, monthly entertainment magazine viewable on or in print for free pick-up at most restaurants, cafes, and offices in Modesto.

Notable people[edit]

  • Evin Agassi, prominent Assyrian American singer who settled in the city in the 1970s.
  • Chidi Ahanotu, former NFL player.
  • Jack Angel, voice actor: Teddy in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, AstroTrain in Transformers films, Nikki in Balto.
  • Sonny Barger, Oakland chapter founder of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
  • Derrick Barry, drag queen, Britney Spears impersonator, Rupaul's Drag Race season 8 contestant.[56]
  • Nick Bassett, multi-instrumentalist (bassist of Nothing, guitarist of Whirr), film and television composer.
  • Eric Bell, former MLB pitcher.
  • Tony Boselli, football player, University of Southern California, second pick in 1995 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro; born in Modesto.
  • Shawn Boskie, former MLB player; played his junior college ball at Modesto Junior College.
  • Lincoln Brewster, Christian musician and worship pastor, attended Grace M. Davis High School.
  • Esto Bates Broughton, one of the first women to serve in the California State Assembly.
  • Isaiah Burse, NFL player.
  • Erin Cafaro, 2008 Olympic gold medalist for women's eight crew; graduate of Modesto High School, Class of 2001.
  • Meghan Camarena, YouTube personality, The Amazing Race contestant, and television host[57]
  • Carol Channing, three-time Tony Award-winning actress and singer.
  • Joe Dillon, MLB player for the Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay Rays.
  • James Broughton (1913–1999), poet and poetic filmmaker.
  • Jack Elam (1919–2003), actor, epitome of the "bad guy" in western films; attended Modesto Junior College and had a brother who taught there.
  • Chris Evans and his young partner John Sontag, notorious train robbers, operated a livery stable in Modesto in early 1890s.
  • Jim Fairchild, musician, guitarist, songwriter of Grandaddy, All Smiles and Modest Mouse.
  • Ernest Gallo and Julio Gallo, winemakers.
  • Don Gile, former MLB player.
  • Tony Graziani, Philadelphia Soul quarterback, graduate of Thomas Downey High School.
  • Bradin Hagens, MLB player.
  • Chuck Hayes, basketball player, Kentucky, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors.
  • Lester Hayes, football player, Oakland Raiders.
  • Kirby Hensley, founder of the Universal Life Church.
  • J.P. Howell, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Brad Kilby, former MLB pitcher.
  • Kamara James, Olympic fencer.
  • Jason Jimenez, former MLB player.
  • Ray Lankford, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, graduate of Grace M. Davis High School.
  • Chandra Levy, intern at Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington D.C., whose 2001 disappearance was a major news story.
  • Marcia Lucas, film editor.
  • George Lucas, film director, producer, screenwriter, studio mogul, graduate of Thomas Downey High School, and former student at Modesto Junior College.
  • Jason Lytle, musician, songwriter of indie-rock bands Grandaddy and Admiral Radley.
  • Roger Maltbie, golfer and television sportscaster, born in Modesto.
  • James Marsters, actor, graduate of Grace M. Davis High School.
  • Kerry McCoy, musician, guitarist and member of Deafheaven.
  • Jason McDonald, former MLB player.
  • Michael McDonald, top-ranked bantamweight professional MMA fighter, competing for Ultimate Fighting Championship. Graduate of Grace M. Davis High School.
  • Joan Mitchell, co-inventor of the JPEG digital image format.[58]
  • Shane Minor, country music artist.
  • Boaz Myhill, West Bromwich Albion and Wales goalkeeper (birthplace).
  • Reeves Nelson, professional basketball player.
  • Travis Oates, actor, director, voice actor (voice of Piglet in Winnie the Pooh animated film and television show), script writer.[citation needed]
  • Timothy Olyphant, actor, Deadwood and Justified, 1986 graduate of Fred C. Beyer High School.[59]
  • Ashley and Courtney Paris, WNBA basketballers.
  • Heath Pearce, professional soccer player for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer, graduate of Peter Johansen High School.
  • Lindsay Pearce, contender on The Glee Project
  • Scott Peterson and Laci Peterson - A married couple at the center of a 2002 criminal case, in which Scott was convicted of murdering Laci.[60]
  • Suzy Powell-Roos, three-time track and field Olympian and American record holder in women's discus, graduate of Thomas Downey High School.
  • Harve Presnell, Golden Globe Award-winning actor and singer, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Saving Private Ryan, Fargo, born in Modesto in 1933, graduate of Modesto High School.
  • Jennie Phelps Purvis (d. 1924), writer, suffragist, social reformer
  • Jeremy Renner, Academy Award-nominated actor, The Hurt Locker, American Hustle.[61] Graduate of Fred C. Beyer High School.
  • Kenny Roberts, three-time FIM 500 cc Grand Prix motorcycle racing champion, two-time AMA Dirt Track Grand National Champion.
  • Royal Robbins, iconic rock climber. Founder of Royal Robins clothing line which spun off to the 5.11 clothing line.
  • Joe Rudi, professional baseball player, three-time Gold Glove-winning outfielder with 1970s champion Oakland A's
  • Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic swimming gold medalist.[62]
  • Byron Storer, former NFL fullback.
  • Nate Sudfeld, NFL quarterback.
  • Zack Sudfeld, NFL player with the New England Patriots, graduated from Modesto Christian High School
  • Florence Owens Thompson (1903–1983), subject of iconic Great Depression photograph Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange, settled in Modesto in 1945.
  • Ann Veneman, 27th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
  • Tisha Venturini, member of gold medal U.S. women's national soccer team at 1996 Olympic Games; from Grace M. Davis High School.
  • Darlene Vogel, actress.
  • Ashley Walker, basketball player, attended Grace M. Davis High School, star player on UC Berkeley women's team 2005–2009, plays professionally overseas.
  • Paul Wiggin, former NFL player.
  • Carter Williams, professional kickboxer, boxer and mixed martial artist, former North American muay thai champion and K-1 World GP in Las Vegas tournament champion.
  • Gene Winfield, legendary hot rod builder, automotive designer, movie car designer, also known as "The King Of Kustoms."

Sister cities[edit]

Modesto's sister cities are:[63]

These programs are run by the non-profit Modesto Sister Cities International.[63]

In popular culture[edit]

The first season of ABC's drama American Crime is set in Modesto.

The 1973 film American Graffiti is set in Modesto.

"Modesto" is the name of a song by Beck, from his Stereopathetic Soulmanure album.

"St. Modesto" is a song by Chris Walla from his Field Manual album.

The 2009 film Janky Promoters is set in Modesto.

The 2009 film Monsters vs. Aliens is set in Modesto.

The 2017 music video for the Macklemore song "Glorious" is set in Modesto.[64]

Adele mentions Modesto in her new single "Wild Wild West" [65]

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