Behind Stockton’s “Golden Era”

… Was a manufacturing base that gave thousands of Stocktonians upward mobility, or at least a middle class wage.

And how did this city come to have such a big manufacturing sector? A writer at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum ticks off the ingredients: inventors/entrepreneurs, geographical blessings, proximity to raw materials, investment capital and (to use a contemporary phrase) a tech-savvy workforce.

Read the article here.

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