San Joaquin County, California

San Joaquin County is an agricultural county, bounded by Sacramento, Amador, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Alameda, and Contra Costa. Its area is 1,370 square miles. In 1880 the population was 24,349. It is now 35,000. The San Joaquin, Mokelumne and Calaveras rivers flow through the county, and as they near their outlets, form a vast delta, portions of which have been reclaimed, and found to be extremely productive. Stockton, near the head of tide-water on the San Joaquin River, the county seat, is one of the leading cities of California, its manufacturing interests being very large. Lodi, Woodbridge, Lockeford, Farmington and Lathrop are all lively towns. The county is noted for the fertility of its soil, which produces all kinds of crops, and being so well watered seldom suffers from drought. Wheat is the chief product; the yearly shipments of this cereal running up into the millions of bushels. Fruit is also grown and sent to market in considerable quantities. The assessed valuation of the county in 1889 was 38,702,606.


Source: California State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1890, Volume II, R. L. Polk & Company, 1890.

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