From its beginning as a small pioneering settlement in 1869 to its growth into an agricultural and industrial modern city, Lodi has been touted for years as a desirable place to put down roots and raise a family. The fertile soil here on the south bank of the Mokelumne River has seen several generations of citizens proud of their city at the crossroads of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys. Following World War II, Lodi’s attractiveness as a family city has caused it to boom and grow, to the delight of some and consternation of others. In 2006, Lodi celebrated the centennial anniversary of its incorporation as a city and is now trying to preserve its unique heritage and identity as the livable and lovable place that it is.
About the Author
Lodi author and historian Ralph A. Clark, with the help of the Lodi Historical Society, has selected photographs for this volume from the society’s archives at the Hill House Museum, the archives of the Lodi Public Library, and the generous contributions of several community members and organizations to help bring to life the story of Lodi from 1945 to 2005.