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Manteca, California Community
Manteca is a city in the Central Valley of California, 76 miles east of San Francisco. Manteca fashions itself the “Family City”, and it lies at a crossroads of major highways and railroads. As recently as the 1970s Manteca existed primarily on agriculture, and was still barely a stop between two freeways, Interstate 5 and State Route 99. The continuing rise in bay area housing prices caused Bay Area residents to look further eastward for cheaper places to live. Since the construction of the 120 bypass portion of State Route 120, Manteca has become a popular choice for these commuters. The population of Manteca continues to increase, with some housing being constructed on what was once farmland to the north and southeast.
Manteca’s creative and forward-thinking policy makers strive for a balance of diverse housing options, as well as jobs and commercial development. These creative-thinking strategies have resulted in the development of the top-ranked Big League Dreams sports park, the adjacent Stadium Center shopping center and the still-evolving Promenade shopping center, anchored by Bass Pro Shops and JCPenney. Manteca’s prime location along Highway 120 – a major east-west connector from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park – and Highway 99 – one of California’s longest north-south connector freeways – makes this community an ideal location for all types of development.
Manteca, CA History
Manteca was founded in 1861 by Joshua Cowell. Cowell claimed around 1,000 acres and built houses on what is now the corner of Main and Yosemite, where Bank of America now stands. In 1873, the Central Pacific Railroad laid track directly through the area. The residents wanted to refer to their new train station as “Cowell Station”, but there was already a Cowell Station near Tracy. So, the residents agreed to change the name of the community, choosing “Monteca” as the new name. This was misprinted as “Manteca” (Spanish for lard) by the railroad, and the misspelled version was eventually accepted as the name of the town. Hence in 1918, Manteca was incorporated as a city and Joshua Cowell became its first mayor.
There is a school called East Union in Manteca. It was first used in 1857 for a school established in what is now Manteca. The school was named East Union in order to differentiate it from Union School, which is in an area now within Lathrop, California. A cemetery named East Union was established in 1872 and remains one of San Joaquin County‘s oldest landmarks. A road bordering the cemetery was named Union Road after the cemetery and is now one of the main streets through the city. In 1966, the city of Manteca started another high school to relieve overcrowding in Manteca High School. The new school was given the name East Union High School in tribute to an old farmhouse school.
Manteca is the home base for the Not Forgotten Memorial Day Event, the largest commemoration for veterans on the American West Coast. The event is held the Sunday before Memorial Day every year. The event draws over 20,000 people in attendance.
Public schools in Manteca are part of the Manteca Unified School District. The school district encompasses the towns of Manteca, Lathrop, the community of French Camp, and the Weston Ranch community in Stockton. There are no middle schools; elementary school continues through the 8th grade, with a mix of both year-round and traditional schools. Manteca Unified School District has 19 elementary schools, 5 high schools, and 2 continuation schools. High schools include Calla High School, East Union High School, Manteca High School, Sierra High School, Weston Ranch High School, New Vision High School (continuation), and Lathrop High School. There are 2 private elementary schools, Alta Vista and St. Anthony’s. There is also the Adult school at Lindbergh Educational Center.
Manteca is home to more than 50 public park spaces totaling more than 400 acres. Parks and Recreation amenities include several baseball and softball diamonds, sports fields, picnic areas, barbecues, playgrounds and tot lots, a 3+ mile Class 1 bike and pedestrian path, lighted tennis courts, a BMX bicycle track, a skate park, an 18-hole municipal golf course and a public swimming pool (with tot pool).
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Shopping & Dining
Manteca offers multiple locations for shopping. Stadium Center is located at the corner of NWC Hwy. 120 & Airport Way, Manteca. It is an open shopping mall. It covers an area of 420,000 sq. ft. and has about 35 stores.
The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley is 721,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment opportunities. Manteca is a true regional location in California’s Central Valley, strategically positioned between San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento. The primary trade-area population is 367,400 and is expected to grow to over 425,000 by 2012. Bass Pro Shops, which opened its only Northern California store at Orchard Valley, draws over 3 million shoppers annually, enticing visitors from well beyond the Manteca trade area. Orchard Valley shares its Highway 120 location with other prominent facilities such as Costco, Lowe’s, and Big League Dreams, a sports complex consisting of 6 replicas of classic major league ball parks that draws 300,000 annually.
The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, Manteca CA
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Culture & Arts
The Manteca Mayor’s Committee on the Arts is dedicated to developing and promoting all forms of Art for the benefit of their community. The Manteca Mayor’s Committee on the Arts welcomes all who are interested in art related goals for their community.
Manteca Historical Society & Museum was chartered in 1990 as a non-profit organization. The Manteca Historical Society has made great strides in providing a local historical museum in Manteca, California. The museum is a fascinating learning center for all ages. The museum houses a vast array of artifacts, documents and thousands of photographs.
The Manteca Branch Library offers a circulating collection of books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs in both English and Spanish. These items may be checked out at the circulation desk or using one of their many self-service Express Checkout machines. The branch carries a number of newspapers for browsing. Computer workstations are available for general and Internet use. Free Wi-Fi is also available for patrons with laptops and mobile devices. They offer black & white and color printing, as well as a copy machine. The branch has a typewriter, as well. A microfilm reader/printer is available, which includes an extensive collection of archives from the Manteca Bulletin, the only local newspaper. A non-circulating collection of reference materials is also available for help with research.
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- Orchard Park by Meritage Homes
- Raceway Collection at Oleander Estates by Raymus Homes
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- River Walk at Mossdale Landing by Woodside Homes (minutes away in Lathrop)
- Wildwood II by R. Horton
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