With a current population of 20,875, Patterson is a small town surrounded by agricultural land.
The local farmers grow apricots, almonds, walnuts, dry beans, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, beans and melons. Patterson is known as the “Apricot Capital of the World” and hosts an Apricot festival every year in early June.
In January of 1855, Samuel G. Reed and Ruben S. Wade made a claim to the land grant that included land stretching east of the present day Highway 33 to the San Joaquin River, north to Del Puerto Creek and south to the present day Marshall Road. A patent encompassing the land grant was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
Reed and Wade received title to 13,340 acres in August of 1864 and then sold the grant to J.O. Eldredge for $5,000 in June of 1866, who held title for two months when he sold it to John D. Patterson on August 14, 1866 for $5,400.
“John D. Patterson purchased additional land, and upon his death on March 7, 1902, a total of 18,462 acres were willed to Thomas W. Patterson and William W. Patterson, his estate executors, and other heirs. The land was sold to the Patterson Ranch Company on May 16, 1908 for the sum of $540,000 cash gold coin.”*
“Thomas W. Patterson subdivided the land into ranches of various sizes and plotted the design of the town of Patterson. Determined to make Patterson different from most, he modeled his town after the Cities of Washington D.C. and Paris, France, using a series of circles and radiating streets. Major streets were planted with Palms, Eucalyptus and Sycamore trees.”*
Strategically located in the northwestern part of the San Joaquin Valley near Interstate 5, Patterson is located within 90 miles of the San Francisco Bay area, the state capital of Sacramento and lots of outdoor recreational opportunities of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east. Patterson is about a 5-hour drive from Los Angeles.
Two of California’s major north-south highways intersect the area: Interstate 5 and Highway 99. As you might imagine, this makes it advantageous and an outstanding location for businesses. All commercial and industrial areas have access to rail transportation (Northern California Railroad) and truck transportation via Highway 33 and Interstate 5.
This fast growing city thrives on economics generated from agriculture, food processing and distribution.
If you are interested in living in Northern California, consider Patterson CA, the Apricot Capitol of the World. Please contact Century 21 M&M Patterson at 209-892-6111, or (800) 479-7900. Or visit our office at 1040-A West Las Palmas Avenue in Patterson, California.