Manteca & Oakdale, California
Real Estate and Community InformationManteca and Oakdale are growing California cities situated between Modesto and Stockton. Manteca is home to approximately 73,000 residents, while Stockton's population stands at 23,000.
Manteca and Oakdale residents enjoy a transportation infrastructure buttressed by the major highways and rail lines that intersect in the area. Completion of the Route 120 bypass increased commuting to and from the Bay area. The foothills of the Sierra Mountains lie just to the east of these San Joaquin Valley communities, and Yosemite National Park is about 80 miles away
HistoryJoshua Cowell founded Manteca in 1861 when he started building homes on a 1,000-acre claim. The arrival of the Central Pacific Railroad in 1873 spurred growth in the area. The railroad misspelled the chosen name of Monteca, so the community became known forevermore as Manteca.
Oakdale's origins trace back to the time when the Stockton and Visalia Railroad met up with the Copperopolis Railroad in 1871. Oakdale's motto, "The Cowboy Capital of the World," honors the ranching history of the city that dates back to the 19th century.
Parks and RecreationJust north of Oakdale is Woodward Reservoir Regional Park and Stanislaus County Park. At Woodward Reservoir, anglers head out in search of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, perch, crappie, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Three boat launches and a full-service marina serve those that enjoy watersports, including canoeists and kayakers. Thanks to average highs in the 70s and 80s, spring and fall are attractive times of the year to enjoy the water.
Larger reservoirs lie to the east, further up in the foothills. For example, New Melones Lake is the fourth largest man-made lake in California. The reservoir offers boating, water skiing and other water sports at an elevation of more than 800 feet above sea level.
Manteca's 400 acres of parks include unique amenities like a BMX bicycle track, skate park, Class 1 hiking and biking trail over three miles long and lighted tennis courts.
Golfers can tee it up at Manteca Park Golf Course, an excellent 18-hole municipal layout. The course features mature trees and water hazards scattered across the 6,478-yard facility. The par-72 test carries a slope rating of 126 from the back tees. After you putt out on the 18th, take some time to enjoy food and drink in the sprawling, upscale clubhouse. Greens fees at this well-maintained course are quite modest. If you just want to play a quick nine, consider the golf course at the French Camp Resort. The par-35, nine-hole layout measures 3,157 yards from the longest tees.
Just east of Manteca is the 80-acre Mistlin Sports Park. The large gazebo is a key focal point, while younger visitors enjoy the splash pad and playground. The many sports fields accommodate baseball, softball and soccer.
Attractions and ActivitiesOakdale's Sierra Railroad Dinner Train offers residents and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy a meal while riding along on a symbol of yesteryear. Special theme rides occur throughout the year. The Christmas Train and the New Year's Eve Train provide memorable experiences. Or, ride the Old Vine Express, the Beer Train, the Movie Railroad or October's unforgettable Zombie Train.
Oakdale's rich ranching history is commemorated at the Cowboy Museum. You'll see beautifully crafted old saddles, rodeo memorabilia and historic images. To find this converted historic railroad station, just watch for the life-size statue of a cowboy and his horse. The award-winning museum offers changing exhibits that make return visits worthwhile.
Festivals and Annual EventsEvery year on the Sunday before Memorial Day, more than 20,000 people attend the Not Forgotten Memorial Day Event in Manteca. It is the largest event honoring veterans on the West Coast.
Every year, 50,000 people flock to downtown Manteca and Library Park for October's Pumpkin Fair. The actual pumpkin patch covers several acres. Live music emanates from two stages during the big two-day extravaganza. The seasonal celebration of pumpkins and other autumnal delights features a classic car show, over 150 vendors and carnival rides. There's even a haunted house. The local Kiwanis donates fair proceeds to local charities.
Just east of Manteca, Soaring Over Ripon is a hot air balloon festival held at Mistlin Park during Labor Day weekend. Get up before dawn to enjoy the inspiring sight of the balloons inflating during the quiet early morning. There's a tethered hot air balloon ride, clown show, pancake breakfast and lots of carnival rides to fill the day. The synchronized kite experience is unique, and the skydiving demonstration draws crowds.
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