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Stockton History in Photos

From its first press run as The Stockton Evening Record in 1895 to round-the-clock updates today on, The Record has been covering Stockton, San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode. Take a trip through our region’s rich history with us as we look back at Stockton History in Photos.

1992: A trip to the deep-fried past

Ah, fried asparagus. Workers are busy meeting demand at the Stockton Asparagus Festival in 1992 at Oak Grove Regional Park. RECORD FILE 1992

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1962: New home for theater

In 1962, the former Zion Lutheran Church at Monroe and Willow streets was being transformed into a playhouse for the Stockton Civic Theater. The first production there would be “The Miracle Worker.” RECORD FILE 1962

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1991: Tools of the trade

Vintage 1991 computers were the tools of the trade for the Stockton Fire Department’s dispatching center. Chip Yarborough dispatches calls here. RECORD FILE 1991

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1970: Sign of the times

Stockton’s elevation — 14 feet — hasn’t changed since Public Works Department employees T.J. Newman, left, and Pete Reed loaded signs into a truck to be placed around the city in April 1970. But the city’s population? It’s roughly tripled. RECORD FILE 1970  

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1970: I-5’s beginnings

During this construction in this photo, taken on June 10, 1970, workers put steel girders over the Stockton Channel for what would become the West Side Freeway. Today, we know it as Interstate 5. RECORD FILE

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1986: Stockton’s first Asparagus Festival

The first Asparagus Festival drew huge crowds in 1986, as thousands gathered to celebrate the tasty green spears and everything else the festival had to offer. RECORD FILE 1986

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1956: Stockton Field

The airport known as Stockton Field had service from United Airlines in 1956.

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1990: Walk on the wild side

Wing walker Allen Silver positions himself atop a 1944 PT13D Boeing Stearman piloted by Eddie Andreini during the 1990 Stockton Air Show. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD

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1967: Smith Canal

What did venerable Smith Canal look like in 1967? Here’s a flashback, including some ducks that seem to be enjoying the water.

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1976: Car pulled from water

A young bicyclist watches as a car is pulled out of water gathered at the Bianchi Road underpass of El Dorado Street on Sept. 29, 1976. According to a city public works employee, the city pumps were not able to handle the amount of rainfall that hit Stockton that day.    

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