You may find the city of Captain Weber fascinating, but there are certain vital facts about the city that may increase you love for and curiosity in this enchanting land once you are exposed to them. Hidden truths or facts are not always dark or dirty. May be those remained unsaid, but they are as vital as one's veins and blood. That is, they are inseparable from Stockton as a whole. Some originated with the inception of the city, some rose with the evolution of the city, and some vanished as the city grew old. What are those quirky facts about Stockton? The facts mentioned below will curb your curiosity and elevate your knowledge level about the city.
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1. Captain Charles Maria Weber founded Stockton in 1849.
2. The city was named after the noted United States Navy commodore, Robert Field Stockton.
3. Stockton is the America's 63rd largest city.
4. The city is fondly called "California's Sunrise Seaport," "Fat City," "Mudville," "Brick City," and "Port City".
5. July 23, 1850, is the iconic date when Stockton city was incorporated.
6. Stockton's first election was held on July 31, 1850.
7. Year "1851" also holds a great significance in the history of Stockton. This was the historic year when the city received its charter from California.
8. America's first Sikh temple, i.e., Stockton Gurdwara Sahib was built and opened in Stockton on October 24, 1912. Baba Wasakha Singh and Baba Jawala Singh were the co-founders of this famous Gurudwara. Both of them were noted as the owners of 500 acres of land overlooking the Holt River.
9. Owing to its rising crime rate, Stockton was voted "the fifth most dangerous city in United States" in 2009 by Forbes.
10. In the wake of successive losses due to 2008 financial crisis, the city became America's largest city to file for bankruptcy protection.
11. In years 1999 and 2004, National Civic League honored Stockton with "All-America City Award".
12. Stockton is the 17th largest city in the state.
13. Stockton became the first city in California whose name was not taken from Spanish or native American origin.
14. University of the Pacific is known as the oldest university or the first chartered university situated in California, and the interesting part is that it is located in Stockton.
15. The California Delta, which is renowned as the largest inland seaport, is based in Stockton. This seaport is made up by the amalgamation of the rivers and waterways situated in and around Stockton.
16. Stockton once voted America's best tree city boasting more than 100,000 trees.
17. The famous superhero team, the fantastic four created by Stan Lee calls Stockton its birthplace.
18. The residents of Stockton are fondly called Stocktonians.
19. In 2009 and 2011, Forbes voted Stockton "The Most Miserable City in the United States," and in 2008, it was ranked second.
20. The government type of Stockton is City Manager-Council.
21. There are seven sister cities of Stockton, namely, Shizuoka, Japan; Iloilo City, Philippines; People's Republic of China; Parma, Italy; Empalme, Mexico; Foshan, Battambang, Cambodia; Asaba, Nigeria.
22. Ray Newby, who is famed as the first radio disc jockey in world, called Stockton his home.
23. In 2013, the city was voted as America's 3rd least literate city according to a study conducted by Central Connecticut State University.
24. Weberville, Gas City, and Tuleburg are the unofficial names of the city.
25. The ancient Bob Hope Theater, which was formerly known as Fox Theater, is nestled in downtown Stockton. You will be amazed to know that it is said to be one of only two 'movie palaces' nestled in the Central Valley.