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Quiz about Modesto and Its General Area
Quiz about Modesto and Its General Area

Modesto and Its General Area Trivia Quiz


The San Joaquin Valley is home to Modesto, known now for people like Gary Condit and Laci Peterson. But there's more to it than high-profile murders. Continue on to learn more about this agricultural hot-spot and some surrounding areas.

A multiple-choice quiz by lancershaft. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
lancershaft
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
137,396
Updated
Dec 28 22
# Qns
15
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
10 / 15
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732
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Question 1 of 15
1. Starting on Highway 99, heading north from Bakersfield, we hit a large city known for its raisins and home to a Cal State University where quarterback David Carr spent his college days. What is the name of this city? Hint


Question 2 of 15
2. Continuing north on Highway 99 we reach the home of the tenth University of California campus, which opened in 2005. What is the name of this city? Hint


Question 3 of 15
3. Continuing north on Highway 99 we hit a relatively large town for the San Joaquin Valley with a population just shy of 70,000. This is where the Stanislaus County fairgrounds are located. Where are we? Hint


Question 4 of 15
4. As we continue further north on Highway 99 we hit the largest city in Stanislaus County. But, just before we enter that city, we hit a small suburb, home of Gary Condit. What small suburb is this? Hint


Question 5 of 15
5. Now we are actually in the large city of roughly 190,000 inhabitants. A famous movie director/producer is from this large town and has a monument in his name in downtown. Who is this famous filmographer? Hint


Question 6 of 15
6. What was the first major film made by the filmographer from the largest city in Stanislaus County? Hint


Question 7 of 15
7. We continue north on Highway 99 till we hit a large port city, home to the Ports, a single A minor league affiliate of the Oakland A's. What city on the delta is this? Hint


Question 8 of 15
8. We turn back south on 99 and exit onto Highway 120, heading east toward Yosemite. This is the major route for vacationers heading from the San Francisco Bay area to Yosemite National Park. What city are we in as we change roads? Hint


Question 9 of 15
9. As we continue east on Highway 120 we pass through several small towns. The second town we come to is known as "The Cowboy Capital of the World." Every second weekend in April is known by locals as "Rodeo Weekend." That's because the first rodeo of the season for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys' Association takes place in this small town. What town are we in? Hint


Question 10 of 15
10. Although it calls itself the "Cowboy Capital of the World," this small town is perhaps better known for its sweeter side. What major confectioner built a factory there in 1965? Hint


Question 11 of 15
11. As we continue east on Highway 120 we pass an historical marker and decide to pull off the highway for a short detour. We come to a small town with a population not much more than 100 people. But it is home to one of the few remaining covered bridges on the west coast. What small town are we visiting now? Hint


Question 12 of 15
12. We get back going on Highway 120 east, passing through the rolling hills, and starting to climb into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Eventually Highway 120 splits off and we continue straight along Highway 108. The foothills were quite popular places to visit in the 1850s as the prospect for gold was alluring to many. The area became known as "The Mother Lode." The first town we stop at is home to a railroad museum as well as fabulous restaurants and shops. What small town gives us this first taste of mining life? Hint


Question 13 of 15
13. Every year there is one trek made by thousands from a motorized vehicle dealer in Modesto to another of the same company in Jamestown. You can watch for about 30 minutes to an hour as these vehicles pass you by, escorted by police. What company makes the vehicles that make the drive from Modesto to Jamestown? Hint


Question 14 of 15
14. Back to our journey, we leave Highway 108 for historic Highway 49. This highway is famous as California's golden highway, running from Oakhurst in the south, north through the "Mother Lode," past Sutter's Mill (where gold was first discovered), and east across the Sierra Nevadas. Just a few miles from Highway 108 we come to an old ghost mining town. You can walk the dusty streets, visit an old-time saloon, or even watch the blacksmith before you go horseback riding. What is the name of this boomtown-turned tourist hotspot? Hint


Question 15 of 15
15. The San Joaquin Valley is only a portion of a larger valley. This large valley is the single largest agricultural region in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It stretches from the Grapevine in the south to the Catskills in the north and from the Altamont Pass in the west to the Sierra Nevadas in the east. What is the name of this valley?

Answer: (Two Words)

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1. Starting on Highway 99, heading north from Bakersfield, we hit a large city known for its raisins and home to a Cal State University where quarterback David Carr spent his college days. What is the name of this city?

Answer: Fresno

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of grapes grown in California are used to make raisins, not wine. Selma, a small suburb just north of Fresno is known as the "Raisin Capital of the World."
2. Continuing north on Highway 99 we reach the home of the tenth University of California campus, which opened in 2005. What is the name of this city?

Answer: Merced

UC Merced is the tenth installment of the University of California. It was selected out of 80 different sites throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
3. Continuing north on Highway 99 we hit a relatively large town for the San Joaquin Valley with a population just shy of 70,000. This is where the Stanislaus County fairgrounds are located. Where are we?

Answer: Turlock

Turlock is home to the Cal State Stanislaus Golden Warriors. If you pay attention during the movie "American Graffiti" you hear that the girls cruising in the car say they are from Turlock.
4. As we continue further north on Highway 99 we hit the largest city in Stanislaus County. But, just before we enter that city, we hit a small suburb, home of Gary Condit. What small suburb is this?

Answer: Ceres

The city is Modesto, Ceres is the small suburb on the south edge of town. Modesto has repeatedly attempted to incorporate Ceres into its own, but has been unsuccessful as of the summer of 2003. This is actually where Gary Condit is from, not Modesto itself.
5. Now we are actually in the large city of roughly 190,000 inhabitants. A famous movie director/producer is from this large town and has a monument in his name in downtown. Who is this famous filmographer?

Answer: George Lucas

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was born on May 14, 1944 in Modesto, CA. He grew up on a walnut ranch and had wanted to become a racecar driver until a car accident after graduating from high school changed his scope on life.
6. What was the first major film made by the filmographer from the largest city in Stanislaus County?

Answer: American Graffiti

Released in 1973, "American Graffiti" was a semi-autobiographical piece by Lucas about growing up in Modesto in the 1960s. Cruising, the biggest thing to do on a Friday or Saturday night has since been outlawed in Modesto, but is still very popular, although Modesto PD does everything they can to stop or at least hinder it.
7. We continue north on Highway 99 till we hit a large port city, home to the Ports, a single A minor league affiliate of the Oakland A's. What city on the delta is this?

Answer: Stockton

On the northern most part of the San Joaquin Valley, Stockton sits right on the delta, making it a very successful port city. Ships can easily sail up from the San Francisco Bay to deliver goods to the Central Valley via Stockton.
8. We turn back south on 99 and exit onto Highway 120, heading east toward Yosemite. This is the major route for vacationers heading from the San Francisco Bay area to Yosemite National Park. What city are we in as we change roads?

Answer: Manteca

Coming from the Bay Area, one would cross over the Altamont Pass on Interstate 205 which links up with Highway 120 at Interstate 5. Highway 120 then takes you all the way into Yosemite National Park
9. As we continue east on Highway 120 we pass through several small towns. The second town we come to is known as "The Cowboy Capital of the World." Every second weekend in April is known by locals as "Rodeo Weekend." That's because the first rodeo of the season for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys' Association takes place in this small town. What town are we in?

Answer: Oakdale

The little-known "Cowboy Capital of the World," Oakdale sits just eleven miles east of Modesto.
10. Although it calls itself the "Cowboy Capital of the World," this small town is perhaps better known for its sweeter side. What major confectioner built a factory there in 1965?

Answer: Hershey's

Due to its proximity to almonds and milk, Hershey's selected Oakdale, CA as it's only factory west of the Rocky Mountains. It services 13 western states and seven foreign countries with such favorites as Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Hershey's with Almonds, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kat, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's chocolate chips and syrup, and much more.
11. As we continue east on Highway 120 we pass an historical marker and decide to pull off the highway for a short detour. We come to a small town with a population not much more than 100 people. But it is home to one of the few remaining covered bridges on the west coast. What small town are we visiting now?

Answer: Knights Ferry

Knights Ferry is also a popular place for beginning river rafters to launch their vessels for a pleasant six mile trip down the Stanislaus River to Orange Blossom Park.
12. We get back going on Highway 120 east, passing through the rolling hills, and starting to climb into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Eventually Highway 120 splits off and we continue straight along Highway 108. The foothills were quite popular places to visit in the 1850s as the prospect for gold was alluring to many. The area became known as "The Mother Lode." The first town we stop at is home to a railroad museum as well as fabulous restaurants and shops. What small town gives us this first taste of mining life?

Answer: Jamestown

Jamestown is a great little town with some new flavors and some old. It has just about something for everyone.
13. Every year there is one trek made by thousands from a motorized vehicle dealer in Modesto to another of the same company in Jamestown. You can watch for about 30 minutes to an hour as these vehicles pass you by, escorted by police. What company makes the vehicles that make the drive from Modesto to Jamestown?

Answer: Harley Davidson

Every year, there is one day where all the local Harley groups gather at the Harley Davidson dealer in Modesto and drive up to the Harley Davidson dealer in Jamestown. If you have errands to run in any of the towns they pass through, best hope to avoid the major highways or you could be stuck in your car a lot longer than you expected.
14. Back to our journey, we leave Highway 108 for historic Highway 49. This highway is famous as California's golden highway, running from Oakhurst in the south, north through the "Mother Lode," past Sutter's Mill (where gold was first discovered), and east across the Sierra Nevadas. Just a few miles from Highway 108 we come to an old ghost mining town. You can walk the dusty streets, visit an old-time saloon, or even watch the blacksmith before you go horseback riding. What is the name of this boomtown-turned tourist hotspot?

Answer: Columbia

You can see how people lived 150 years ago. It's almost like travelling back in time. You can spend a whole day there, and almost forget in which century you're living.
15. The San Joaquin Valley is only a portion of a larger valley. This large valley is the single largest agricultural region in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It stretches from the Grapevine in the south to the Catskills in the north and from the Altamont Pass in the west to the Sierra Nevadas in the east. What is the name of this valley?

Answer: Central Valley

If California were its own country it would be among the top ten agricultural producers in the world.
Source: Author lancershaft

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