Manteca California in the Central Valley

At One Time Joshua Cowell Owned Most of Manteca


During the early period of the valley settlement, Manteca was called Cowell Station, named after Joshua Cowell who was later known as the “father of Manteca”. Joshua Cowell crossed the plains in 1861 and took up land in what has become the center of town, locating on the corner of what is now Yosemite and Main, where the Bank of America and its parking lot now stands.

At one time he owned most of Manteca with a claim to 1,000 acres and he rented another 1,000. He had the honor of being the first Mayor. In 1873, when the Central Pacific Railroad went through this area, the track was laid through the center of the Cowell Farm. At first, the train stopping point was merely a boxcar called Cowell Station. Because there was another Cowell Station south of Tracy named after Wright Cowell, a brother of Joshua, the railroad and the farmers agreed to a name change. The new name chosen was Monteca. The citizens of the town were justly dismayed when the railroad printed the first tickets and found the name misspelled, “Manteca” (Spanish for “lard”). Many of the towns people were unhappy with the error, but it was never corrected.

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Airport: Stockton Metropolitan Airport (Photo)California International Airports: California Airports

Area: The amount of land area in Manteca is 22.836 sq. kilometers. The amount of land area in Manteca is 14.9 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers. The distance from Manteca to Washington DC is 2508 miles. The distance to the California state capital is 50 miles. (as the crow flies) Manteca is positioned 37.80 degrees north of the equator and 121.22 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Arts & Entertainment: Manteca MoviesManteca Theatres

Biographies: Famous People from Manteca - Marliece Andrada - March 1998 Playboy Playmate • Scott Brooks, assistant coach for the Sacramento KingsChris Carr, motorcycle racer (Note: Born in Stockton, Chris's family lives in Manteca, and his mom taught English at Manteca High) • Patricia Miranda - bronze medal winner in wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics • Scott Speed - race car driver • Michael Clary - Traveler, one of the last explorers • April Bowlby - actress


Highway 99 - Springing from the the Yokuts' Indians myths to poems and stories by renowned contemporary writers, this collected works showcases the best writings of the Great Central Valley of California and provides an opulent look at the region s emotional and physical and landscape. In bygone days, one rarely thought there was any literary significance created in the California Central Valley, an expansive agricultural area nestled between the Pacific coast and the Sierra Nevada mountains

Chamber: Manteca Chamber

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Churches: Manteca Churches Manteca California Church Guide, Places to worship in Manteca California & Surrounding Areas with addresses, service times, email addresses

City: City of Manteca Official Web SiteDowntown MantecaCommunity Calendar

City Facts: City-Data

Climate: The climate for Manteca is temperate.  The weather in Manteca is typical of the central valley.  Manteca average annual rainfall is 18.24 inches per year

Colleges: Nearby Stockton is home to several well known higher educational institutions including the University of the Pacific ? California State University Stanislaus-Stockton ? San Joaquin Delta Community College ? Humphreys College and School of Law, as well as a variety of private and vocational schools. • California CollegesUSA Colleges

Community: Community Report

Current Events: Manteca News Headlines

Economy: Manteca economy: based on agriculture, though electronic firms are rapidly becoming the principal employers in town. An industrial park in the southeastern area of Manteca has brought many new companies here.

Elevation: 38 ft


April: Manteca Street Faire – Manteca ’s exciting Street Faire, held in downtown Manteca, is one of the top Street Fairs in California. You will enjoy over 400 vendors, arts & crafts booths, antiques, commercial products, and wonderful local food and entertainment. For more information, visit
October: Manteca Pumpkin Fair - Phone 209.824.9555
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Founded: 1850

Government:  Manteca Municipal CodeFire DepartmentManteca Fire Department HistoryPolice Department

Healthcare: Manteca Hospital opened an 18-room facility on the corner of Yosemite and Sequoia in 1919. It operated only a few years and is now a homeless shelter. After many years without a hospital, a new 49-bed facility was built on Cottage Avenue in 1962. It has been expanded to 73 beds with complete services. St. Dominic’s Hospital dedicated its new state-of-the-art facility in 1990. Kaiser Permanente opened a clinic in 1998.


Interstate 5
California State Highway 99
California State Route 120
J3 - Airport Way
J5 - Jack Tone Road

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History: Manteca History

Home Builders: Manteca and San Joaquin Home Builders

Hotels, Motels & Inns: Where to Stay in Manteca

Incorporation Date:  May 28, 1918

Library: Manteca Library

Location: Manteca location: in the San Joaquin Valley of California, 70 miles east of San Francisco, 12 miles South of Stockton

Map: Manteca Map

Motto: The Family City

Museums: Manteca Historical Society

Newspapers: Manteca BulletinThe RecordCalifornia NewspapersNational Newspapers

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Parks: Manteca ParksCaswell Park - This 260 acre park features wildlife, a picnic area, hiking and swimming. Camp sites are available at South Austin Road.


Post Office: Manteca Post Office Industrial Park Station

Population: Manteca population is approximately 48,027 (1999).  The approximate number of families is 13,981 (1990).

Property Taxes: California Real Estate Tax Questions and Information

Public Utilities: Switch Manteca Public Utilities

Quick Facts: Manteca Facts Population, Education, Housing Units, Ownership Rate, Households, Median Income, Land Area

Radio & TV: Strongest Radio and TV Stations near Manteca

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Recreation: Golf Page


County: District 5 Map
State Assembly 26th District
State Senate 14th District
US Congressional District 11 MapJerry McNerney Representative

Restaurants: Manteca Restaurants

Rivers, Streams & Creeks: Stanislaus River

San Joaquin County: San Joaquin County

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Schools: Manteca Unified Schools


Seniors: Manteca Senior Center

Shopping: San Joaquin Shopping

Square Miles: 17.6

Transportation: Manteca TransitBus Intercity RoutesSan Joaquin County Transportation LinksAce Bus ScheduleAce Train ScheduleAce Photos

Trivia: An animal called the riparian brush rabbit calls Caswell Memorial State Park (near Manteca) its home. Endemic only to the state's park system, the critter lives in approximately 255 acres stretching along the area's once-vast hardwood forest. >

Visit Manteca: Visit MantecaManteca Mural SocietyManteca Golf


White Pages: Manteca White Pages

Zip Codes: 95336

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