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Weber Avenue is one of the oldest Stockton streets. Supply merchants and seekers of gold disembarked from riverboats and other sailing vessels along west Weber Avenue, once called the “Levee.” Many climbed  aboard stagecoaches, freight wagons and on horses, bound to look for fortunes in the Sierra foothills. This wide street beginning at the waterfront was one of four avenues mapped to run east and west in a 1849 street survey of Stockton completed by Major P. Hammond. The street, named after the city’s founder, was the major thoroughfare of the early Stockton business district.

During the next few decades, the commerce of the city shifted from serving miners to farmers. As the city grew and prospered into a manufacturing and transportation center for the surrounding agricultural community, Weber Avenue kept its importance due to its proximity to the waterfront. Countless farmers used this road to carry their crops to the waterfront for shipping, along with picking up supplies from the businesses along the avenue. The construction of railroad tracks on Weber Avenue and a depot on the south bank of the waterfront  in 1871, further served to enhance freight and public transportation.

Numerous buildings along Weber Avenue continue to stand as remembrances of Stockton’s significant commercial development. On the west end, the Sperry Flour Mill office and warehouse once served one of the largest flourmill companies in California. Traveling east from the mill, is the striking and magnificent Hotel Stockton. Completed in 1910, the elegant tourist hotel brought a certain distinction to the street. Although heavily remodeled, the adjoining block includes some of the oldest buildings on Weber. The Mansion House and the Tretheway Building were constructed in the late 1800’s. Moving further east, just about every building shows some evidence of the city’s interesting and extraordinary past.

Today, Weber Avenue is one of Stockton's most historical and important streets as it connects downtown with the waterfront.

Weber Avenue From Wilson Way to I-5

E. Weber Ave - Sutter Street Intersects

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The Downtown Trolly (Bus) - Discontinued - RTD ran a free service from UOP, up the Miracle Mile to the ballpark, arena and downtown theater. Budget cuts ended the service.

Weber & Sutter - Stockton Hall of Pioneers - The Society of Pioneers was established in 1868. The first hall of pioneers was erected in 1890 on the Southwest corner of Weber and Sutter. The archives and commemoration to the pioneers survives to this day in the Haggin Museum

400 Block of East Weber looking East - Photo courtesy of Ron Chapman

Former Kendalls in The Elks Building - Weber & Sutter

Weber and 42 N. Sutter St  SE Corner - Elks Building - 36-48 North Sutter Street - Built in 1908 the (1900-24) Chicago style by Architects Salfield & Kohlberg, a five-story structure which featured a massive stained glass skylight dome originally proposed for the Elks Hall in San Francisco, however after the earthquake of 1906 t was switched to Stockton.. The Elks Benevolent Protective Order held their meetings until 1976 upon the top floor. The dome was later taken away and sold. In 1980 The upper floors received fire damage, however the lobby still features the original Elks motif mosaic floor The structure is #80004606 on the National Historic Places.  The building has had various occupants since it was constructed. Stockton's first pharmacy, the Holden Drug Company, occupied the ground floor from 1908 through 1927. In 1930, Stockton City Directories listed Burnham Furniture, an insurance company, an attorney, an architect, and a physician as tenants In the Elks Building. Other businesses located here have included the United Paint Company and the Economy Shoe Store.
38 N. Sutter St - King of Cuts
40 N. Sutter - Downtown Cafe

401-407 East Weber Avenue - Former Hart & Thrift Building - 2000 - Courtesy of Ron Chapman

401-407 East Weber Avenue - Hart & Thrift Building - 2000 - Courtesy of Floyd Perry Jr.

400 Block of East Weber looking East

401 E. Weber - Designed in a vernacular interpretation of the Renaissance Revival style, was built in 1869 and was one of the oldest buildings in Stockton. First appearing on the 1895 Sanborn maps. One of the oldest buildings in Stockton, it was built for the Hart & Thrift grocery store in 1869. Despite substantial alterations, the building remained significant because of its extreme age and association with the early development of commerce in Stockton. The structure was. designed by B. Mackay, a local architect who designed other buildings in Stockton during the same period. The The building's original owners, Mr. John W. Hart and Mr. E E. Thrift were highly respected gentlemen within the business community. Hart was a former blacksmith who owned his own business for many years, and Thrift was a businessman. When the building was constructed, the Stockton Independent noted that the building had "handsome fronts, and . . . two commodious stores and sixteen rooms." The grocery store carried "a choice lot of groceries and provisions." There is no listing for this building in City Directories until 1930, when a Mark Curtis was listed here. By 1935, the building was occupied by the Morthrift Co. & Finance, and A. G. Girder Electrician. Morthrift Co. remained at this location through 1950. By 1940, the electrician's space was listed as. vacant, but by 1945, it was listed as A. G. Henry Real Estate. By 1950, it had become Davis & Eakes Real Estate & Insurance. The building was last occupied by Dickerson's Religious Gifts and Downtown Optometry. Now a Facade for the RTD

RTD - 409 E. Weber

413 E. Weber - Upstairs of the Weber Dance Hall, Former Sciots Hall

409-413 E. Weber Avenue. The Bower Building was constructed in 1895. The building had three storefronts on the first floor, a hall an the second floor and a 1-story harness shop along the full width of the rear (north elevation).
409 - Davis Insurance & Real Estate (1952) / Grider Electrical Co. (1930)
411 - Carl G. Schnieder Harness, dealing in leather goods, trunks, etc.(1930-1940)
413 - Valley Shoe (1990) / Vacant (1930) / 1933 it was remodeled for use as a still extant Shoe store / John Jory & Ca. From at least 1915 to 1930  / Undertaker (1896) /
415 -  Chin Edwin Restaurant (1940) / Vacant  (1945) / the Golden Pragan Gate (1930)

In 1945, the City Directory listed A. G. Henry Real Estate, G. R:. Pitzen Liquors, G. E. Crane Mortgage & Loan, and Sims & Grupe Real Estate. F.L. Sims owned the building in1952 when the first floor tenants included Campora Gas & Appliance, Other businesses included a Farmer's Insurance Group office and Island Style Barbecue and Cuisine. Left photo posted by Terry Gust. Second from left by Roy Perez. Now a Facade for the RTD. Upstairs was the Weber Dance Hall, Former Sciots Hall

417-423 E. Weber - There was a Studebaker Dealer at this location in 1909 - Center photo 1987 by Floyd Perry Jr. First Appearing on the 1917 Sanborn maps. Stockton City Directories show no listing for this building until 1926, at which time it was occupied by the Blacks Package Company and the Wy-Knot Grocery. These businesses remained through at least 1930. By 1935, the Assembly of God Church was located at 417, and 421 was vacant. By 1940, Burnhan Brothers Furniture is the only business listed in the building, and remained as such through 1950. The facade was completely replaced with modern details in the 1930s or 1940s, likely when Burnham Bros. took over the building.  Now a Facade for the RTD.

425-433 E. Weber - Douglass-Wilhoit Building - Constructed in 1910 by Roley Early Wilhoit, a prominent early citizen of Stockton. In 1925, the John Breuner Company. By 1930, the Stockton City Directory listed the Kendall-Tredway Stationary company and L J. Kltt & Company as tenants. By 1940 and through 1950; the Acme Furniture Company was located here. By 1945, Matty's Liquors, owned by Fred Matteoni, had opened in this building.  Now a Facade for the RTD.

445-447 E. Weber Avenue - The Delta Building was opened in November of 1921 for the Piggly Wiggly organization as a grocery store. Majestic Meat Market and B. Somers Delicatessen along with Piggly Wiggly (1928)
443 - Progressive Building (1940) /Labor Temple (1935)
445 - Eye-Comfort Glasses (1970s)The Corset Shop Shop (1950) / Singer Sewing Machine Shop (1945) / Vacant  (1935) /
447 Peniel Gospel Lighthouse (1970s) / Hansen Printers and Scott Stationary (1950) / Hansen Carter Stationary (1935) - Right photo, Gleason's Ice Cream

420-426 E. Weber Avenue - Cavanaugh Building - Built in 1895 - Demolished Aug 10, 2013 . Middle photo is the back of the building, left photos is the vacant lot.. The building is noted as the Weber Avenue Garage on the 1917 map. By 1925, the Stockton City Directories listed the occupants of this building as Guy Campbell's Cigar Store, Cinderella Barber Shop, Classic Grill,· New Idea Shoe Shine Parlor and W. J. Horan Furniture. Between 1930 and '35, these businesses had changed to The Cigars Pastime (420), Cinderella Ball Room (422), R. A. Zumstein
Restaurant (424), and Charles Soterelas Shoes (426). By 1940, 422 had changed to Jimmie Toy Indy, and 424 to Remington-Rand Inc. By 1950, 422 had changed to R. S. Burgmaier Barber, 424 to the Stockton Scavengers Association, and 426 to a Beauty Shop, W. S. Kendalls Sationary was listed for the first time at 428.
420 E. Weber - Weber Avenue Garage (1917)
420 E. Weber - Pastime Tavern (1930) / Cigars Pastime (1935) / Pastime Liquors (1940)
422 E. Weber - R. S. Burgmaier Barber (1950) / Jimmie Toy Indy (1940) / Andy's Barber Shop (1959)
422 1/2 E. Weber - Cinderella Ball Room / Melody Ball Room (1940s)

424 E. Weber - Zumstein Restaurant (1935) / Remington Rand (1940) / Stockton Scavengers Association (1950)
426 E. Weber - Charles Soterelas Shoes (1935) / Hazel's Salon of Beauty (1950) / Pools Salon of Beauty (1940s)

430 E. Weber - Former Horan's Furniture - Kendall Building - According to Stockton City Directories, W. J. Horan Furniture occupied this building in 1925 and through 1940. Horan's advertisements in local papers of the time featured illustrations of their building. By 1945, Kendall's Stationary took over the building, and remained through the 1970s.

434-440 E. Weber - Reid Hotel /Bailey Hotel / Hotel Modern / Steve's Hotel - Appearing on the 1950 Sanborn map and is noted as a hotel and restaurant. The first listing for this address in City Directories was in 1917, when it was the Reid Hotel. The Reid changed to the Bailey Hotel in the late 1920s. By 1935, it was listed as the Hotel Modern, and by 1945 as Steve's Hotel. It was built as a mixed use building with commercial spaces on the ground floor and rooms on second floor.
434 E. Weber - City Market (1966)
436 E. Weber - Toy House
440 E. Weber - Steve's Hotel

400 Block of E. Weber - South Side
Weber and California - SW corner - St Leo Hotel - Hotel St Leo 39 N California St - The Weber Street side photographed from Sutter and Weber - Back in 2007 the St Leo was recommended for demolition

E. Weber Ave - California Street Intersects

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Weber and California looking North. The tracks are streetcars tracks crossing Miner Slough. The Franklin House is at 501 E. Weber and the San Joaquins Chemical Company fire house is at 509 E Weber. The building in the background is the Grand Central Hotel with a 505 E Channel St. address. At the very left is William P. Miller Carriage Manufacturing at 115-121 N. California St. The entire northern portion of the block was demolished for the RTD.

509 E. Weber - Chemical Company - Built in 1869 for the use of the San Joaquins of the volunteer department. Equipped an exceptional pair of speedy horses, this light piece of apparatus is enabled to arrive at a fire within a very few moments after the sounding of an alarm and it can be safely estimated that more than ninety percent of the fires are extinguished by the chemical. Should a fire have reached great headway before it's discovery, the use of a heavy steam or water is absolutely necessary, but whenever a blaze is found in it's incipiency, no matter combustible may be it's fuel, the chemical is soon master of the situation and without the heavy loss always accompanying the use of water - Demolished

512-514 E. Weber - Also a 46 North California Street address 512-514 E. Weber - Also a 46 North California Street address 512-514 E. Weber - Also a 46 North California Street address 512-514 E. Weber - Also a 46 North California Street address 512-514 E. Weber interior 512-514 E. Weber interior 512-514 E. Weber interior 512-514 E. Weber - Cal Weber 40 Project Aims to Bring Affordable Housing to Downtown Stockton 506-514 E. Weber - Grangers Union Hardware - 1891 - Later became the Columbus Buggy Works, then H.C. Shaw Company and later Former Eagle Furniture. The building also has a 46 N. California address. The really good news, the old windows are still there. Bottom Right photo: Cal Weber 40 Project Aims to Bring Affordable Housing to Downtown Stockton

506 E. Weber - Beneficial Finance (1976)
512 E. Weber - Hobby Craft Shop (1976)
514 E. Weber - Weber Bakery & Deli

517 E. Weber & 108 N. California - Bank of Agriculture and Commerce / Former Crocker-Citizens National Bank / Former Crocker Anglo National Bank

514 E. Weber Avenue - Weber Bakery & Deli

520-534 E. Weber - McKeegan Building
522- Former Red Cherry Bakery (1976) - Stockton City Directories show no listing for this building until 1926, when the Boy Scouts occupied 526 and the Stone Store was at 530. By 1930, The Dreamland Hall (a dance hall) was at 520, the former Boy Scouts location was vacant, and New Woodall Furniture had moved in to 528-32. By 1935, the Bascou Bakery was at 522, Sattie Electrical Appliances was at 524, and H. E. Jacobsen Fruit Stand at 526. W. D. Prichard- Blacks Package took over the furniture store, having moved from their former location at 417-23 E. Weber. By 1940, the Dreamland had become the Treanan Ballroom, the fruit stand was the De Bono Delicatessen, and 528 was converted to Blacks Grocery, and for a time, The Y.M.C.A. The building is currently occupied by Eagle Furniture, Irma's Place Cafe, and a variety and gift shop.
520 - The Dreamland Hall (1930) / Treanan Ballroom (1940)
522 - Red Cherry Bakery (1976) / Bascou Bakery (1935) / Martha Washington Grocery Stores (1923)

524 E. Weber - Irma's Place Mexican Restaurant / Leno's Place Restaurant / DeBono's Fountain Restaurant / Former Sattie Electrical Appliances
526 - Stockton Scavangers (1976) / Lloyds Business Machines (1967) / Boy Scouts (1926) / H. E. Jacobsen Fruit Stand (1935) / De Bono Delicatessen (1940)
528-532 - Ace Furniture / Black's Grocery (1935 - Moved from 417-423 E. Weber) / New Woodall Furniture Store (1930)
530 - Stone Store (1926)
542 E. Weber Avenue - Nefertari's Heavenly Scents / Former Art's Coffee Shop

522 E. Weber - Former Martha Washington Grocery Stores - By 1923 there were 56 Martha Washington Stores in California. The chain disappeared by 1928 - The building still stands today

546-548 E. Weber - Weber Inn - Appearing on the 1895, 1917, and 1950 Stockton Sanborn Maps. By 1912, Stockton City Directories listed 546 as the New American House. It remained listed as such through 1935. In 1930, 548 was listed separately as the Weber Inn, and in 1935 as G. Woehrle Beer, and remained a liquor store through 1950. By 1940, 546 was listed as the Tranquility Rooms, and in 1945 as the Leland Hotel. Betty's Cocktail Lounge (1967)

547 E. Weber - Former Wagner Meat Company

E. Weber Ave - American Street Intersects

Weber looking West from American St

1970s - Courtesy of Ron Chapman

607 E. Weber - Former Turner Hardware

607 E. Weber - Former Turner Hardware - Ron Chapman photo

607 E. Weber - Former Turner Hardware - Floyd Perry jr. photo

607 E. Weber - Turner Hardware - The corporation was formed Jan 5, 1907 and dissolved 106 years later - It seemed like Turner had everything, house wares, sporting goods, hardware, tools. Turner also had a store in Tracy. I'm sure everyone knows Central Valley Hardware was run by the Turner Family - Today the Turner Hardware Location is a big empty lot. Center photo, Ron Chapman and Floyd Perry Jr. 

620 E. Weber - Now Part of Factory 2 U / Former Fuller Paints / Stockton Paint 1955

621 E. Weber - Dutchboy Paints - Demolished

625 E. Weber - Huber's Frozen Food Locker (1966) - Demolished<

630 E. Weber - Former Safeway - 1940-1955

641 E. Weber - Allan's Associated Service / Bob's Flying A

646 E. Weber - Parking Lot - Sign frame is still there

E. Weber Ave - Stanislaus Street Intersects

701 E. Weber - Stockton City Directories list this building as Wilkes Pearson Knutzen Co., Inc. from 1910 through 1930. By 1935 through 1940, F. H. Clark Grocer was the occupant. By 1945, Green Frog Food Emporium was located here. By 1950, it was listed as H. F. Clayton Meats and Green Spot Food. The ground floor was later occupied by Felix and Betty's Italian Restaurant. Currently Rock Youth Center / Appliance Center (1960)

702-706 E. Weber Avenue - Former Western Auto - Photo courtesy of Cathy Wetzel

702-706 E. Weber Avenue - Former Western Auto - Photo courtesy of Ron Chapman

702-706 E. Weber - The 1915 City Directories listed the New Idea Mercantile Company at this address. By 1925, it had been converted to the Skaggs Cash Store, grocers. In 1930, it was listed as the Skaggs Safeway Store, and by 1935 simply as Safeway Stores. By 1940, it was converted to R. J. McNabb Pianos. It changed again by 1945 to Western Auto Supply, which remained through the 1970s. The building is currently occupied by Samco Restaurant Supply. Left photo courtesy of Cathy Wetzel, next to left, courtesy of Ron Chapman

710-716 E. Weber Appearing on the 1950 Sanborn map. Built by Marion Deegan for his Deegan Furniture and Upholstery Company. By 1940, Stockton City Directories listed the building as J. R. Steed Used Cars. By 1945, Henry Salmon took over the used car business. It was unlisted in 1950. Photographs from the 1970s reveal it was the Stockton Foam and Fabric Center.
710- Derrick's Morwear Paint / Ludcke's Moreware Paint (1960)
712 - Weber Car Wash (1957)

726-732 E. Weber - Built in 1918, Frank and Martha Coburn were at this address - In the early 1930's the building was used for the F. M. Grissel Farm Implement Co. In 1938 the building housed the Simard Printing Co. By 1925, Stockton Motors was located here. By 1930, Wolf Used Cars were here. By 1935, F. M. Grissel Farm Implements was listed as the tenant. By 1940, Action Color, Simard Printing Company, and San Joaquin Printers were all located at this address. The first two remained here through at least 1950. By 1945, the Stockton Lions Club was also listed in City Directories at this address. Right photo from the 1948 yearbook.
726 - Simard Printing

729 E Weber - Mexico Tire Shop / Former Remington Auto Repair / Johnson Used Cars (1950)

742-748 E. Weber - This building, when constructed, was known as the Builders Building. The building was most likely designed by the architectural firm of Davis, Heller and Pearce, who located their offices. on the building's second floor after construction. The architectural firm is well-known for their work at the University of Pacific, also located in Stockton. By 1950, the Grand Lodge of Knights of Pythias were officially listed here, at which point the building name was likely changed to the Pythian Building. Stockton City Directories list three businesses in this building by 1935:
742 - Sattui Saddle Shop (1976) / Miller Hays Co. Sheet Metal Works
744 - Washburn Realty (1976) H. P. Fischer Tile and Marble
745 - LF Johnson Used Cars (1937)
748 - Western Farm Workers / C. J. Franke Electrical Supplies
By 1940, Fischer was no longer listed at this address. The other two businesses remained through 1950. By 1945, the Boy Scouts of America were listed at this address.

E. Weber Ave - Grant Street Intersects

802·808 E. Weber Avenue - 802 E. Weber was first listed on the 1895 and 1917 Stockton Sanborn Maps. The 1950 Sanborn directory shows what appears to be an addition to the building at 808 E. Weber. The addition was faithful to the original building to such an extent that it appears to have been part of the original. Stockton City Directories show no listing for this building until 1930, at which time it was noted as vacant. By 1935, the Chong Sung Man Grocery was located here. By 1940 through 1945, Samuel Travaille Insurance was listed at this addres, the City Directory lists Travaille's Real Estate. Atlas Glass (1957)

805 E. Weber Avenue at Grant - AFL Building 1940s / Montgomery Ward in 1931 - Right photo by Denny Ah Tye. Today it's a vacant lot

811 E. Weber - In 1926, the R. L. Berve Company was located here. It was listed as vacant in the late 1930s and early '40s, but by 1945, it was listed as the International Hod Carriers Building & Common Laborers Local 73. In 1950, it was listed simply as a Union Recreation Center. By 1960, C. M. Abdallah Co., a wholesale company, occupied the building. In the late 1970s, it was occupied by the Reyes Upholstery Shop. and then by Jesse's Auto Service.

815 E. Weber - The Stockton City Directory lists the Stockton Creamery at 815 Weber in 1920. There are no further listings for this building until. 1930, at which time the Marston Motor Company was located here. By 1935, it had changed to the Superior Auto Company. The 1940 City Directory noted the Powers Hardware and Implement Company here. By 1950, the J. J. Abdallah Wholesale Grocery was here. In the late 1970s, a restaurant supply company was in the building. It was later G. & M. Diesel.  Looks like some sort of auto repair shop today.

829 E. Weber - Stockton City Directories show no listing for this address until 1940 through 1950, when the R. M. Warren Wholesale Grocery was located here. United Grocers (1966) Then it was Smith's Body Shop, part of a row of auto-related businesses.

832 E. Weber - Gil's Auto Sales

836 E. Weber - Built in 1894. The 1895 map recorded only one story on the house. The later two maps show a two-story residence, with an identical footprint. By 1910 and through 1919, City Directories listed Guy O'Brian and Alice O'Neill at this address. By 1925 and through 1940, Mrs. G. C. Schneider lived here. In 1945 and through at least 1950, Verda Peterson is listed in this house. It appears to still be used as a residence

843 E. Weber - Former Kiser Brothers Honda / BF. Goodrich Tires (1960) / Perry Hunter Used Cars (1950)

844-848 E. Weber - Stockton City Directories show H. W. Moore at 33 N. Aurora, a secondary address for this building, by 1911. In 1915 and through 1919, L. A Stout was listed there. By 1925, the building was listed as the Walsh Apartments. In 1930, Wholesale Electrical was listed at 844 E. Weber, but the storefront was vacant by 1935. By 1945 and through at least 1950, Patrick Valvano Restaurant Supply was at 848. By 1950, the building had changed names and was now listed as the Spanes Apartments. The building currently appears to be used exclusively as offices. A sign on the ground floor identifies the MepCo company. The building also has a 33 N. Aurora Address

800 Block of East Weber looking West

E. Weber Ave - Aurora Street Intersects

SE corner of Weber and Aurora

910 E. Weber at Aurora - Napa Auto Truck Parts. Former Rolla-Torium with 24 N. Aurora Address

915 E. Weber

929 E. Weber

931 E. Weber - Former Dr. Pepper Bottling Company

936 E. Weber - Former Railway Express (1955)

948 E. Weber - Great Atlantic Pacific & Tea<

Weber - 900 Block Robert J. Cabral Station on East Channel Street as seen from E. Weber Avenue - Former Southern Pacific Depot<

Weber Avenue Improvement project.

Weber & Union looking NW

John Brown Burial Site - 1100 E. Weber - at North Union Street. John Brown, Stockton resident from 1851 to 1859, is notable for his four-day ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco to warn Commodore Stockton of the attack on Los Angeles. As a result of his actions, troops were sent to secure the city, and Brown - nicknamed Juan Flaco - became known as the 'Paul Revere of California.' He is buried in the former Citizen's Cemetery near this site, which is #513 on the Office of Historic Preservation's California Historical Landmark list.

1120 E. Weber - former FC Powell Tractor Company (1950)

1128 E. Weber - Auto Industrial Paint Company

1130 E. Weber - GF Schuler Plumber (1950) - Demolished

1121 E Weber & Pilgrim - Junior Trade School / Jefferson School / High School Annex - Two separate sites and two different schools have carried the Jefferson School name. The first one opened in 1871 on the corner of Pilgrim and Weber Ave. In 1915 it was renovated and reopened as the "prevocational School" it had served as the district's vocational school for secondary grad pupils. It was renamed the Junior Trade School in 1933 and became the High School annex in 1948.  Demolished in 1974 and replaced by the "Golden Valley High School" in 1976

1141 E. Weber - Jane Frederick High School - Named for Jane L. Frederick, who died June 10, 2012 at the age of 93. She graduated from Arizona Teachers' College (now ASU) in 1940. During World War II she taught elementary students at a Japanese internment camp in Arizona. She started teaching for SUSD in 1947 when Garfield School opened

1200 E. Weber - Stockton Trailer Vans Rentals (1976) / Mohawk Service and Garage (1957) / HF. Meyer Gas Station (1950) / 1943 - Robinson Gas Station / 1937 - E.B. Cole Gas Station / Union Oil Station (1928)

1227 E. Weber - EE Stull Grocery (1950)

1305 E. Weber & Airport Way - The Salvation Army

Weber Market - 1346 East Weber Avenue

1404 E. Weber - Former Sheldon\'s A&W Root Beer

1405 E. Weber - Western Radiator Service

Weber and 35 N. Wilson Way - Payless Auto Sales / Former Cooper's Donuts / New York Donuts

E. Weber Ave - Wilson Way Intersects

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Weber & A street - Richmond Chase Cannery (1950)

Weber & E street - KWG (1230 AM) is an AM radio station in Stockton, California. KWG is one of the oldest broadcasting stations in USA, signing on November 22, 1921. Read more about KWG

KWG (1230 AM)

It is considered the first commercially licensed radio station west of the Mississippi River although not the first radio station to be founded on the West Coast. One of the more notable owners of KWG was Barnes Enterprises, led by Johnny Jacobs, the off-screen announcer for Chuck Barris Productions' various game shows for many years. Barnes Enterprises owned KWG between 1978 and early 1981.

In February 1981, Best Radio Incorporated of San Bernardino purchased KWG, along with then-KSRT 100.9 mHz (now KMIX), licensed to Tracy, California. KWG then began its "Delta Country" format. While KWG had a myriad of formats over the years, on June 21, 1982, after nearly 18 months of country music, KWG became an "oldies" station, and was very successful well into the 1990s.

Until 1988, KWG used a T-antenna type transmitting antenna mounted on two 60-meter tall wooden poles, making KWG one of the last broadcast stations to use this type of antenna. The KWG transmitter has been located at Weber and E Streets in Stockton for many years.

In the 2000s, newest owner IHR Educational Broadcasting has replicated its inspirational "Catholic Talk Radio" programming on KWG. IHR Educational Broadcasting purchased KWG from The (Susan) Carson Group Inc. on October 18, 1999, reportedly for $300,000.

West Weber Avenue from 00 Center Street

Looking West at Levee St (Weber Avenue) - 1862

Chanel Head - 1925

Looking West at Weber Avenue from Center St - 2014

W. Weber - Stuart Eberhart Parking Garage - Weber Avenue between Center and El Dorado

W. Weber Ave - Commerce Street Intersects

100 block of W. Weber Avenue

101 W. Weber - Former Floyd Brooks
124 W. Weber Avenue - Former Harbor Skateway, 1976 / Hazlet Warehouse, 1960

146 W. Weber Avenue - Sperry Building - This Victorian Commercial style building served as the offices for Sperry Flour Company, and was designed by local architect Charles Beasley; in 1917, an addition was constructed to the rear of this building, which matched the original exactly. The Sperry Building was added to the city register by resolution number 29,086 on June 1, 1971. It is #82002255 on the National Register of Historic Places, and was added in 1982 as the Sperry Office Building. Today it houses the headquarters for Stockton’s professional soccer team, the California Cougars. / General Potato 30s& 60s

302 W. Weber - Captain Charles M. Weber Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology - Former Woodruff Occupational Center. F.B. Young Grain Dealers, 1967. Castles Truck Service. 1949

321 W. Weber Ave - Former Castaway Restaurant. Owned by the Specialty Restaurant Corp. It cost $500,000 to build in 1973. The Castaway advertised an Aloha luncheon from 11:30am to 4pm and every Wednesday was Luau night. The Castaway was demolished in the early 1980's and is now a parking lot.

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Crown Flour Mills Fire - W. Weber Avenue W. Weber Avenue - KKK Parade - 1919 400 Block West Weber Avenue - Former Crown Flour Mills / Sperry Flour Mills - Bottom photos - Stockton fire History - Bottom right, KKK Parade, 1919

One of the most spectacular fires ever seen in the city was that which destroyed the City Flouring Mills of Sperry & Company on Sunday afternoon, April 2, 1882.” The tall burning structure along the south shore of the Channel on Levee (Weber) and Beaver (Madison) Streets was right next to a grain storage facility which is referred to as the Waterfront Warehouse today.

The brick Sperry Flour Mill was built in 1852 and was an important part of Stockton’s earliest and most significant industry. The company grew into a company with seventeen mills across three states and becoming one of the nation’s most famous milling companies. Initially, the mill’s wheat supply was imported from Napa and Martinez, but by 1856 wheat became the San Joaquin Valley’s main crop.

The Sperry Flour Mill found itself in the center of one of the largest grain growing regions in the nation. The company expanded in 1860 and became famous for its flour labels, such as “Drifted Snow Flour.” The waterfront location allowed Sperry to ship flour throughout the country and the world.

Source: History of the Stockton Fire Department, 1850-1908 by the Firemen’s Pension and Relief Fund (1908)

Tidewater Southern

W. Weber Ave - Van Buren Street Intersects

402 W. Weber Ave. - Children's Museum - Excerpt from the History of the Children's Museum. "Inspiration for The Museum came as a result of the tragic 1989 Cleveland School shootings. While at play, 5 children were killed and 30 others were wounded — including a teacher — by a gunman firing an assault weapon. That wounded teacher was Janet Geng, Founding Director of The Children's Museum of Stockton. While on a trip to Washington D.C., Geng visited a children's museum. There, joined by children and families, she discovered a safe — violence free — place for learning and play. Beginning her process of both physical and spiritual healing, Geng became inspired. She knew Stockton deserved such a place."

Waterfront Warehouse

445 W. Weber Ave - Sperry Union Mill Warehouse - The oldest surviving structure on the Port of Stockton main channel. Sperry Warehouse

445 W. Weber Avenue - Sperry Union Mill Warehouse

Built In the 1870s Now occupied by restaurants and offices, it features exposed interior wood beams and a picturesque amphitheater. Through 1897 This building is from an era when Stockton was a major milling and international shipping center for grain. Built in stages, it was first occupied by the Granger co-operative union as one of its Eureka Warehouses. The present size was reached after three expansions by the Sperry Flour Company to serve the adjacent flour mill. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places # 1979000541

The two story Waterfront Warehouse is the oldest intact building on the Stockton Channel. It was Built during 1875 to accommodate the abundance of wheat being produced locally. Originally it was named The Sperry Flour Mill Warehouse. The warehouse was a part of what was the largest flour mill ever built in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley. Sperry Mills had been founded in Stockton in 1852, by Austin Sperry and a man named Lyons. Flour had been hard to come by so at that time it was imported from Chile. Unfortunately Chile flour was eventually outlawed due to a weevil infestation. The first wheat used for flour making in Stockton was imported from Napa and Martinez. There was also about a hundred acres of wheat raised in the Woodbridge area.

In 1856 local millers were able to use San Joaquin wheat, which produced a better quality of flour. Local wheat was in abundance because miners found it more profitable to grow crops than to mine for gold. In the 1860’s San Joaquin wheat was discovered to produce outstanding flour. The flour became nationally famous for baking and was known as “Drifted Snow” flour.

In 1890 the largest of all Sperry’s flour mills was built on the east side of the Waterfront Warehouse. The mill was directly accessed by a walkway to the second floor of the warehouse, with the first floor used for grain storage. Eventually Stockton became the center of grain trade, because of its river access. Sperry Mills was purchased in 1929 by General Mills, due in part to their famous “Drifted Snow” flour.

Today the Waterfront Warehouse stands as a reminder of the days when the Stockton Channel was a bustling venue of commerce. The renovated building houses a mix of business offices and popular eateries. The new Marina, allows improved boating access to the beautiful Waterfront Warehouse. With its historic architecture, and great views of the north shore, the Waterfront Warehouse is playing a big part in the renaissance of downtown

W. Weber Ave - Lincoln Street Intersects

Stockton Ice Rink - W. Weber & Lincoln

501 W. Weber Avenue - Waterfront Office Towers

631 W. Weber - Baglietto Seeds

701 W. Weber - Former Ralston Purina Grain Elevator (1966) / Taylor Milling Company Warehouse Fire, June 1935 - Damages estimated in excess of $400,000 was done when flames destroyed the TAYLOR Milling Company plant at Stockton. Portions of the walls fell during the height of the blaze, injuring one fireman by falling bricks. The plant was declared a total loss

1201 W. Weber - Western Pacific Railroad

1320 W. Weber - Stockton Cold Storage / Former Union Ice & Cold Storage

See also

Stockton Streets

Suggested Books Related to Stockton

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