Patterson is a city in Stanislaus County, California, United States, located off Interstate 5. Take a look below for 15 awesome and interesting facts about Patterson, California, United States.
1. It is 27 miles (43 km) southeast of Tracy and is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area.
2. Patterson is known as the “Apricot Capital of the World”; the town holds an annual Apricot Fiesta to celebrate with many drinks, food, desserts and games.
3. The population was 20,413 at the 2010 Census.
4. The history of Patterson begins with the Rancho Del Puerto Mexican Land Grant to Mariano and Pedro Hernandez in 1844 by Governor Manuel Micheltorena.
5. The grant extended east of the present-day Highway 33 to the San Joaquin River.
6. The northern boundary was Del Puerto Creek and the southern boundary was just south of present-day Marshall Road.
7. Samuel G. Reed and Ruben S. Wade made claim to the land on January 7, 1855. A patent encompassing the land grant was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Reed and Wade received title to 13,340 acres (54 km2) on August 15, 1864. Reed and Wade then sold the grant to J. O. Eldredge on June 18, 1866, for $5,000.
8. Mr. Eldredge held the title for only two months before selling it to John D. Patterson on August 14, 1866, for $5,400. John D. Patterson purchased additional land and, upon his death on March 7, 1902, a total of 18,462 acres (75 km2) were willed to Thomas W. Patterson and William W. Patterson, his estate executors, and other heirs.
9. The land was sold to the Patterson Ranch Company on May 16, 1908, for the sum of $540,000 cash gold coin. Thomas W. Patterson subdivided the land into ranches of various sizes and plotted the design of the town of Patterson. Determined to make Patterson different from most, he modeled his town after the cities of Washington, D.C. and Paris, France, using a series of circles and radiating streets. Major streets were planted with palm, eucalyptus, and sycamore trees.
10. The Patterson Colony map was filed with the Stanislaus County Recorders office on December 13, 1909. Sales of the ranch properties and city lots commenced. Patterson was the third city in Stanislaus County to incorporate on December 22, 1919.
11. In May 1971, the chamber of commerce approved the title of “Apricot Capital of the World” for Patterson.
12. The daily newspaper in Patterson is the Patterson Irrigator, which was founded in 1911. It’s located in downtown Patterson and has been at the same location since 1929. The Irrigator, since 2009, is published weekly.
13. Patterson is also the city of license for two radio stations, the iHeartRadio-affiliated country music channel KOSO and Spanish contemporary hit radio channel KTSE-FM.
14. During the first weekend in June, Downtown Patterson hosts the town’s largest celebration of the year, the Apricot Fiesta. The event begins on Friday with several beauty pageants. The Patterson Library hosts an art show during the celebration, and displays on local history are held open to the public at the Patterson Museum, also known as the Center Building and located at the center of Patterson. The three-day celebration also features fireworks shows and, during early mornings, hot air balloons departing from the football stadium at Patterson High School. This celebration typically takes place on the first weekend of June.
15. In recent years Patterson has also been the site of the Fiestas Patrias celebration, commemorating the independence of various Latin American countries. This celebration is held in mid-September.