San Joaquin County, officially the County of San Joaquin, is a county in California, United States. The county seat is Stockton, and the population was 685,306 according to the 2010 census.
The metropolitan statistical area of Stockton–Lodi–Tracy is a component of the regional San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland combined statistical area. The county is located in Northern California’s Central Valley, just east of the highly populated nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region, and is separated from it by the Diablo Range of low mountains, which includes the Altamont Pass. It is one of the smaller counties in California, but it has a high population density and is rapidly growing as a result of the state’s economic growth.
San Joaquin County was one of the original United States counties established in California at the time of statehood in 1850. The San Joaquin River, which runs through the county, inspired its name. Lieutenant Gabriel Moraga, commanding an expedition in the lower great California Central Valley in the early nineteenth century, gave the name San Joaquin (meaning Joachim) to the San Joaquin River, which springs from the southern Sierra Nevada. The San Joaquin Valley’s first permanent residence was established in San Joaquin County.
The Yokuts and Miwok native peoples lived in the area that is now San Joaquin County prior to its incorporation in 1850. These communities lived in villages across the region, eating a variety of diets that reflected the flora and fauna of the California Delta. Acorns from Valley Oak trees, salmon runs on the San Joaquin, Mokelumne, Calaveras, and Stanislaus rivers, and Tule Elk were staples of the native diet, which was supplemented with a variety of indigenous berries and plants. During a state-wide malaria epidemic in 1828, and a subsequent rebellion of native peoples in the Central Valley led by Chief Estanislao, the native population of San Joaquin County plummeted dramatically.
Five Mexican land grants were made in what would become San Joaquin County between 1843 and 1846, when California was a province of independent Mexico: Campo de los Franceses, Pescadero (Grimes), Pescadero (Pico), Sanjon de los Moquelumnes, and Thompson. The Rancho Campos de los Franceses, secured by Charles Weber and Guillermo Gulnac, was the largest of these grants and was eventually developed into the City of Stockton.
Stockton grew into a major logistical and mercantile hub for the San Joaquin Valley and Mother Lode as the Gold Rush drew miners to the Sierra Nevada, allowing the City and County populations to rise significantly between 1850 and 1870. As the state’s gold economy declined in the 1870s, San Joaquin County evolved into a major national agricultural center, where it remains to this day. The reclamation of the California delta, which began in 1869, aided this agricultural growth greatly. In the 1880s, the importance of agriculture to the region’s economy resulted in the establishment of a thriving industrial engineering sector in Stockton, Lodi, and nearby Rio Vista. Notable examples include the Sperry Flour Company, Holt Manufacturing Company, and R. G. LeTourneau, Samson Ironworks, and Tillie Lewis’ canning empire were all national and international players. Holt Manufacturing, led by Benjamin Holt, would pioneer industrial tractor manufacturing and sales, while R.G. In 1926, LeTourneau patented the bulldozer.
The Government of San Joaquin County is defined and authorized as a general law county under the California Constitution and California law. In practice, county governments, such as the Government of San Joaquin County, are responsible for much of the Government of California. Elections and voter registration, law enforcement, jails, vital records, property records, tax collection, public health, and social services are all provided by the county government. Furthermore, the County serves as the local government for all unincorporated areas.Some chartered cities, such as Stockton and Tracy, provide their own municipal services such as police and public transportation.
The San Joaquin Regional Transit District operates city buses in Stockton. RTD also operates intercity routes throughout the county, as well as commuter subscription routes to Livermore, Pleasanton, Sacramento, and Santa Clara County.
Lodi, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, and Ripon all have their own bus systems.
Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses both stop in Stockton. The San Joaquin Street Station serves as a stop for Amtrak’s Oakland-Stockton-Fresno-Bakersfield San Joaquins trains. This is Stockton’s former Santa Fe Railroad station. Amtrak’s “San Joaquin” trains from Sacramento to Stockton, Fresno, and Bakersfield stop at the Robert J. Cabral Station, which is also used by Altamont Corridor Express trains from Stockton to San Jose. This is Stockton’s former Southern Pacific Railroad station. San Joaquin Regional Transit’s RTD Hopper is a public bus service that connects Stockton to Ripon, Manteca, Tracy, Lodi, and Lathrop.
San Joaquin County in California is blessed to have some amazing attractions you shouldn’t miss on your next trip. Here’s a short list of some of our favorites:
After visiting these amazing places make sure to stop by Remote Fill Systems on Murphy Parkway in Lodi and say “Hi!”