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Stanislaus County, California


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Stanislaus County was formed from part of Tuolumne County in 1854.

The county is named for the Stanislaus River, first discovered by Gabriel Moraga in 1806, and later renamed Rio Estanislao in honor of Estanislao, a mission-educated renegade Native American chief who led a band of Indians in a series of battles against Mexican troops until finally being defeated by General Mariano Vallejo in 1826. Estanislao was his baptismal name, the Spanish rendition of Stanislaus, itself the Latin rendition of the name of an 11th century Catholic saint from Poland, St. Stanislaw.


Cities and Towns

Bret Harte --- Bystrom --- Ceres --- Del Rio
Denair --- East Oakdale --- Empire
Grayson --- Hickman --- Hughson
Keyes --- Modesto --- Newman
Oakdale --- Patterson --- Riverbank
Riverdale Park --- Salida --- Shackelford
Turlock --- Waterford --- West Modesto --- Westley

County Seat is Modesto

 Palm Tree


Palm Tree


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Santa Clara County - southwest
San Joaquin County- northwest
Calaveras County - north
Tuolumne County - northeast
Merced County - south

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