Gustine is a city in Merced County, California, United States. Take a look below for 10 interesting and awesome facts about Gustine, California, United States.
1. Gustine is located 29 miles (47 km) west of Merced, at an elevation of 98 feet (30 m).
2. At the 2010 census, the city population was 5,520, up from 4,698 at the 2000 census.
3. Gustine lies in the San Joaquin Valley, at an elevation of about 31 m (101 ft) above MSL.
4. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land.
5. Gustine was established in the early 1900s as a station on the Southern Pacific Railroad and named after Sara Miller, nicknamed “Gussie”, the daughter of Henry Miller, the “Cattle King”, an early California land baron and Agricultural pioneer.
6. Little Sara, always getting “gussied up” with fancy clothes, was killed when she was thrown from her horse when she was eight years old. The first post office opened in 1907. The city was incorporated in 1915.
7. Gustine was the site of the first 9-1-1 system in California, installed in March 1970.
8. Gustine is home to the nation’s largest festa which is steeped in Portuguese tradition. Gustine, California is located in the heart of the Central Valley and is situated approximately 10 miles north of Santa Nella, and about six miles east of Interstate 5 on Highway 140.
9. Gustine High School is home to the longest running basketball tournament in the state of California, which is put on by the city’s Rotary Club. The tournament has been put on by the Rotary Club and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017.
10. The nearby San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (formerly Kesterson Wildlife Refuge), experienced an accumulation of selenium due to its location at the terminus of the incomplete San Luis Drain. Wildlife in this region developed a number of deformities, drawing the attention of news media and leading to the closure of the refuge.