San Joaquin River


The San Joaquin River flows through the heart of the county's fertile flatland, bounded on the west by the Diablo Range and on the east by the Sierra foothills.  The San Joaquin joins the Sacramento and Mokelumne rivers to create myriad waterways in the Delta, a magnet for house boaters and anglers.  A deep-water channel meanders from San Francisco Bay to Stockton, the county seat, creating a major "seaport" almost 80 miles from the ocean.  Giant freighters ply the channel and carry California agricultural products worldwide.  Major San Joaquin County  crops include corn, tomatoes, asparagus, dry beans. sweet cherries, apricots, walnuts, table grapes, and wine grapes, 

San Joaquin History*

Spanish Army Lieutenant Gabriel Moraga was the first European to explore what is now the interior valley of California. His journey left an indelible mark on the state, giving Moraga the liberty of naming most major rivers and landmarks. He and his explorers were astonished upon first entering the valley. They noted the great wealth of wildlife that they could view for as far as the eye could see. Everywhere they looked there were ducks, geese, cranes, herons, pelicans, curlew, antelope, deer, elk and grizzly bears all living their lives undisturbed. Prior to their visit only the local Indians had ventured into the area.

In 1808, Gabriel Moraga ventured in to the central valley from the coastal mission at San Jose to find more potential sites for new Spanish Missions and pursue Indians that had fled from San Jose. According to written history, Moraga was the first non-native explorer to enter what is now the San Joaquin Valley.

During his trek, he named a small creek after Saint Joachim, who was the father of Mary, the Virgin mother of Jesus Christ. "Saint Joachim" translates, in Spanish, to "San Joaquin". It was later discovered that the creek fed in to a larger river, which then took on the same name. Being the major tributary through the valley, the name of the river soon propagated to the entire central Valley, becoming known as the San Joaquin Valley.

In 1850, California named the county that bordered the river as "San Joaquin County".
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Meaning Of The Name 'San Joaquin'

The Yokut Indian Mythological Theory Of Creation
Indigenous People Of The Valley The Kelsey Family

Early Settlers Impact Indian Populations
Moraga Explores The Valley Padre Felipe Arroyo de la Cuesta Bidwell-Bartleson Emigrant Party
San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Hospitals Arrived with the Gold Rush

County of San Joaquin Website

Population Overview

WWII Casualties Army & Air Force
WWI Draft Cards - free search

San Joaquin County Landmarks PDF


City of Escalon Website

French Camp

Jedediah Smith and French Camp


Lockeford Website

John C. Fremont Camps Near Lockeford

Lockeford History

City of Lodi Website

1925 Map

Railroad History

San Joaquin Ghost Towns
Camanche  Carnegie   
China Flat
Elliot  Liberty
Mokelumne City
 Taison Vernalis

Mossdale 1869


California Town & Postmarks 1849 - 1935

The State Register and Year Book of Facts for the Year 1859

Historical Census Populations of California State, Counties, Cities, Places, and Towns, 1850-2000

A History of New California

City of Manteca Website


1863: Father of Manteca

Joshua Cowell

1910s 1920s
1940s 1950s

1960s 1970s

City of Ripon Website

Jack Tones

City of Tracy Website

City of Stockton Website
Area Pioneers

City of Stockton & County of San Joaquin 1897

LDS Digitized Book (use FireFox or Chrome to access)
Index to Thompson and West's 1879 History of San Joaquin County, California

Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California Illustrated 1891
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History of the state of California and biographical record of the San Joaquin Valley, California  A historical story of the state's marvelous growth from its earliest settlement to the present time (1905)
Author: Guinn, James Miller
A History of Stockton (1880)

Author: Tinkham, George H. (George Henry),

History of San Joaquin County, California with biographical sketches of leading men and women of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present (1923)
Author: Tinkham, George H. (George Henry)

An Illustrated history of San Joaquin County, California : containing a history of San Joaquin County from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its future prospects ; with ... biographical mention of many of its pioneers and also prominent citizens of today (1890)



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