The automobile revolution led to increasing residential and business development outside of Stockton’s downtown. Until the early 1900’s, the Miracle Mile area was the most southern end of Lower Sacramento Road, surrounded by fields and orchards. In the early 1920’s, developer Joseph Plecarpo successfully lobbied votes to annex the area for shopping. In 1924, the University of the Pacific was also built and Lower Sacramento Road was renamed Pacific Avenue. The commercial growth complemented the residential and university development.
In the late 1930’s, Plecarpo named the one mile stretch from the University to Harding Way, the “Miracle Mile.” He supposedly got the idea from the Miracle Mile on Los Angeles’s palm-lined Wilshire Boulevard, and the reason for some of the palm trees. The shopping area stretched from Castle Street to Harding Way with grocery stores, restaurants, hardware stores, clothing stores and even gas stations. It became the first shopping area of its type as the city grew north, with the 1950’s being its most prosperous time.
To this day, it provides a unique and walkable shopping experience – http://stocktonmiraclemile.com/