Manteca, California



Manteca is a city in the Central Valley of California, 76 miles east of San Francisco. It was founded by Joshua Cowell in 1861. Cowell claimed about 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) and built houses on the corner of Main and Yosemite, where Bank of America now stands. In 1873, the Central Pacific Railroad made its way through the area. The residents wanted to call their new train station "Cowell Station," but there was already a Cowell Station near Tracy. 


The residents agreed to change the name of the community, choosing "Monteca" as their new name.This was misprinted as "Manteca" (Spanish for lard) by the railroad, and the misprinted version was eventually accepted as the name of the town.In 1918, Manteca was incorporated as a town and Joshua Cowell became its first mayor.


In 1938, photojournalist Dorothea Lange took pictures of William & Mary Dimotakis (immigrants from the Greek island of Crete) and their youngest child, son George, on a family farm in Manteca for the Farm Security Administration. The farm, close to the industrial park area, is still owned by the Dimotakis family.


Manteca fashions the "Family City" itself and lies at the intersection of major highways and railroads. As recently as the 1970s, Manteca was mainly agricultural and still barely a stop between two motorways, Interstate 5 and State Route 99. The continued rise in Bay Area housing prices has caused Bay Area families to look further east for more affordable housing. Since the construction of the 120 bypass section of State Route 120, Manteca has become a popular choice for these commuters.


The 1990s saw an increase in the population of the city and the construction of its third high school, the first being Manteca High School and East Union High School. The population of Manteca continues to increase, with some housing being built on what was once farmland to the north and southeast. Since 1980, Manteca has more than tripled in population.


Manteca is home to the "Not Forgotten Memorial Day Event," the largest memorial for veterans on the West Coast. The event takes place every year on Sunday before Memorial Day. The event attracts over 20,000 attendees.




Manteca has a warm summer Mediterranean climate. It's hot in summer, and mild in winter, except during seasonal tule fog, when it can be quite chilly for many days. Summers are dry, the winters are rainy and the weather is fair.




The Manteca Transit Center is the hub for public transit in the city. The local bus service is provided by Mantec Transit. Train service is provided by the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) at Lathrop / Manteca station – it operates in peak travel directions with morning trips to San Jose and evening trips to Stockton. It is expected that it will be routed directly to the Transit Center by 2023.



The public schools in Manteca are part of the Unified School District of Manteca. The school district encompasses the towns of Manteca, Lathrop, the French Camp community and the Weston Ranch community in Stockton. There are no middle schools; the elementary school continues through the 8th grade, with a mixture of both year-round and traditional schools. Manteca Unified School District has 19 primary schools, 5 secondary schools and 2 secondary schools. 

The amazing Manteca, California boasts these following must-see places:

  • Caswell Memorial State Park

  • Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple 

  • San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge 

  • Stockton Field Aviation Museum 

  • Woodward Community Park 

  • Gnekow Family Winery 

  • Shasta Park

  • Manteca Historical Society

  • Lucca Winery

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