Stockton History 1900-1950

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The oldest part of the city, generally pre-dating World War II, covers about 6 square miles at the terminus of the Stockton Ship Channel. The central business district, about a mile square, contains a mix of office, retail-service, high-density residential, and industrial uses. Beyond downtown, commercial development is concentrated along thoroughfares which radiate into the surrounding neighborhoods. Industrial development is predominant on the south side, especially along the Southern Pacific Railroad and Airport Way. Non-residential development tends to be concentrated in corridors, especially along El Dorado Street, Charter Way, East Main Street, Pacific Avenue, California Street, Miner Avenue, Fremont Street, and Wilson Way.

Some remember Main Street as a bustling city street that drew all of Stockton to its unique stores and important businesses. Often photographed and the subject of vintage postcards, Main Street was at one time the heart of Stockton’s downtown area.

By the turn of the century, Stockton had become an industrial city. Streetcars running down Main Street along with the presence of banks, hotels, and theatres, attracted a steady flow of visitors. By the 1930’s, Main Street boasted several skyscrapers and became the center of town’s leading shops and prominent businesses. The pioneer stores were replaced by larger retail stores, including the Owl Drug Store, J.C. Penney’s, or Woolworth’s.

Nevertheless, many specialty shops and small businesses remained. Main Street continued as the hub of commercial activity for the city. Most of the buildings were hotels or apartments with the ground floors being used as storefronts

222 East Weber Avenue - 1910's Courthouse Looking West

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Stockton in Vintage Post Cards - Stockton is a contemporary California city, where almost 300,000 people call home. However few people recollect the elements of its bawdy bygone days. impact by it's strategic waterways and productive soil, Stockton was an attraction to a succession of farmers,, miners, industrial entrepreneurs, shipbuilders and gold miners. Over the decades Stockton has developed from it's rough and ready ship harbor days to a transportation and agricultural, business center.

Stockton (Then & Now) ($21.99) - Cities fly high, flame out and rise all over again. A new book containing Stockton photographs , compares historic locations with current-day images captured from a similar vantage point, to grasp a better understanding of needed rebirth.