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Atwater is located in Merced County, California, off of California State Route 99.

When the settlers arrived in the area now known as Atwater, they found a land of rolling hills and rivers -- perfect for farming.

The original inhabitants of the area were the Yokut Indians, who were later joined by Spanish settlers with land grants.  The gold rush in California flooded the area with eager prospectors and hopeful farmers.

One such man was John W. Mitchell who arrived in San Francisco on February 22, 1851, who followed his brother. After establishing themselves in the town, the two brothers went into business together cutting hay. Their business grew, and so did their land acquisitions.

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Ceres is a city in Stanislaus County along California State Route 99, south of Modesto and north of Turlock.

Most California cities sprang up as a result of immigration brought on by the gold rush of 1849. Though Ceres is far from the gold fields, it can trace its foundation to the gold rush. Word of James Marshall’s gold discovery on January 24, 1848 in Coloma was the single greatest catalyst for the development of California. Many Easterners came to the “Gold Country” on a dangerous wagon trail journey over land or by a treacherous sea route to San Francisco. Life as a gold miner was hard. Many turned to more traditional jobs, such as supplying freight, blacksmithing, and farming. They came down out of the hills to squat on the flat land of the San Joaquin Valley where soil was perfect for farming wheat and alfalfa. Many who settled in Ceres did so out of indifference to gold striking.

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Dos Palos is a city inMerced County, located off of California State Route 33 southeast of Los Banos.

Dos Palos began as Dos Palos Colony in 1891, in the place now known as South Dos Palos.

A familiar figure in the valley, Henry Miller, was responsible for the founding of Dos Palos Colony. After coming to San Francisco from New York, he bought vast stretches of land in the San Joaquin Valley and created many company towns.

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Gustine is located in the San Joaquin Valley at the intersection of State Route 33 and State Route 140, near the intersection of Interstate 5 and State Route 140. Gustine, California is located in the heart of the Central Valley and is situated approximately 15 miles north of Santa Nella, and about six miles east of Interstate 5 on Highway 140.

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Livingston is located 7 miles Northwest of Atwater. It lies slightly uphill from where the Southern Pacific Railroad crosses the Merced River. Highway 99 follows the Southern Pacific through the city.

David Baldwin Chedester, a wagon master from a wagon train from Iowa, is recognized as the first settler of Livingston in 1862. He supplied food and produce to the railroad gangs who were building the rail road then later operated a store.

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The City of Los Banos, population 37,017, is situated on the west side of Merced County and is the county's second largest city. The city is conveniently located in the center of California and is about two hours from the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento, as well as Yosemite National Park. California's Monterey Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean are accessible in one and a half hours, as well as the Valley's major cities of Stockton and Fresno. The Silicon Valley is just more than an hour's drive away.

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The City of Merced is located in the Central Valley of California. Merced is located approximately 110 miles southeast of San Francisco and 310 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The City has a population of about 80,542, and serves as the county seat. Merced is located on Highway 99, the dominant north-south freeway in California, and is served also by Highways 140 and 59. Two railroads, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern / Santa Fe, have main lines which pass through the city.

Merced, known as the "Gateway to Yosemite," is less than two hours by automobile from Yosemite National Park to the east while Monterey Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and several beaches lie to the west.

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Modesto's central location off of Highway 99 makes it easily accessible from throughout California. The San Francisco Bay area is a 90-mile drive from Modesto. Eastward lie the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Yosemite National Park.

Modesto is located in the heart of one of the greatest agricultural areas of our nation - the San Joaquin Valley, and agriculture is the backbone of its economy. Modesto is blessed year round with mild weather and some of the world's richest soil. Dairy products, nuts, fruits, wine grapes and poultry products are some of its top products.

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Newman is located on California State Route 33 between the towns of Gustine and Crows Landing. Interstate 5 is located a few miles to the west of the city. With a beautiful view of the foothills leading to the coastal ranges, the City of Newman is located in an agriculturally rich and naturally beautiful geographical area.

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The city is located on Highway 33, along the Interstate 5 corridor, 280 miles north of Los Angeles, 92 miles south of Sacramento, 89 miles southeast of San Francisco and 45 miles southeast of Livermore.

Pattersonites take great pride in the historical roots of their community. The history of Patterson begins with the measuring of the Rancho Del Puerto and the subsequent grant of the land to Mariano and Pedro Hernandez on January 30, 1844 by Manuel Micheltoreno, then Governor of the Californias. This Mexican Land Grant was for acreage stretching east of the present day Highway 33 to the San Joaquin River. The northern boundary was Del Puerto Creek and the southern boundary was just south of present day Marshall Road.