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The history varies on how Turlock got its name; however, it is known that the city was founded by John William Mitchell in December of 1871. A prominent grain farmer, John Mitchell ran large flocks of sheep throughout the area while buying land. Eventually, Mitchell owned most of the area. In the early 20th century, 20-acre lots from the Mitchell estate were sold for $20 an acre.

While it grew to be a relatively prosperous and busy hub of activity throughout the end of the 19th century, Turlock was not incorporated as a city until 1908. The early 1900s saw rapid economic and agricultural growth and development throughout the area. The community began to diversify in population and soon became a thriving town of many different cultures. Time saw the development of the city’s Board of Trade, school districts and newspapers. By 1960, business had grown tremendously and Turlock became home to California State University Stanislaus.

Today, Turlock has evolved into a city with a strong school system, thriving business community and many metropolitan resources, all the while maintaining its hometown atmosphere. Turlock continues to promote growth and development that complements both the city’s business and industry base, as well as the needs of its residents and visitors.

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