Patterson, California

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Patterson is a city in Stanislaus County, California, United States. The population was 21,168 as of January 1, 2009. It is 45 miles southeast of Livermore and part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area. Patterson used to be known as the "Apricot Capital of the World" and the town still uses the annual Apricot Fiesta to celebrate the previous honor with many drinks, desserts, and traditions relating to the apricot annually- usually the last weekend of May or first of June.



Patterson is located at 37°28′23″N 121°7′58″W / 37.47306°N 121.13278°W / 37.47306; -121.13278 (37.472984, -121.132867).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.4 km²), all of it land.

Patterson is the eastern terminus of State Route 130 as defined by state legislation, although the route is unbuilt in Stanislaus County. A freeway has been proposed for construction along this route, passing directly through the Diablo Range west of the city toward the San Francisco Bay Area.


The history of Patterson begins with the Rancho Del Puerto Mexican Land Grant to Mariano and Pedro Hernandez in 1844 by Governor Manuel Micheltorena. The grant extended east of the present day Highway 33 to the San Joaquin River. The northern boundary was Del Puerto Creek and the southern boundary was just south of present day Marshall Road.

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