Stockton is a city of some 312,000 people which is situated about halfway between the Bay Area and Sacramento. Back in 1836, Captain Charles Weber, a German whose original name was Karl, emigrated to the US and spent some time in Texas before moving to San Jose. He managed to obtain a land grant for Rancho Campo de Los Franceses on the east side of the San Joaquin River.
At the beginning of the gold rush in 1848 many Europeans and Americans began to arrive in the area, and Weber joined them in trying gold mining. However, he soon found that selling supplies to gold-seekers was more profitable. During the gold rush, the location of what is today Stockton grew rapidly as a supply point for miners and developed as a river port. In 1849, Weber laid out a town which he called Tuleburg, but soon changed it to Stockton in honor of Commodore Robert F. Stockton and it became the first town in California with a name that was neither Native American nor Spanish in origin.
The Caterpillar Tractor
The city was incorporated on July 23rd 1850. Early settlers came from around the world, in particular from China. In 1883, Benjamin Holt and his three brothers founded the Stockton Wheel Company and later the Holt Manufacturing Company. On Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, 1904, he successfully tested the first track-laying machine plowing soggy farmland. Photographer Charles Clements commented that it “crawled like a caterpillar” and Holt seized upon the name. Hence the Caterpillar Tractor.
Stockton has a hot Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters and only 13.8” of rain a year. Indeed, the highest temperature ever recorded was at the airport hitting 115°F. There are an average 82 days a year with temperatures over 90°F, so if you are sent to Stockton on assignment, you won’t need to bring a coat.
There are several museums and art galleries in Stockton, and the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown is one of several movie palaces in the Central Valley. Hope often came to Stockton to visit his friend and billionaire tycoon, Alex Spanos.
If you are looking for Stockton corporate housing for an assignment here, Key Housing can help you. We have Stockton corporate housing available in some of the better parts of the city that you won’t see advertised elsewhere. This is because over the years we have built connections with many property owners in the city who let us take care of all of the hassles of letting out properties rather than doing it themselves. Thus, they don’t have any reason to advertise. So if you need Stockton Corporate Housing, be sure to contact us with your requirements.