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Stanislaus County was formed in 1854 and among its settlements a small colony was formed where Turlock presently exists. John W. Mitchell founded the City of Turlock in 1871. He began land purchases in the area in 1867, which earned him rights to large amounts of land in the Turlock region. Turlock immediately became a prime location for agricultural advances. At one point in time Turlock helped Stanislaus County become a leading wheat farming county. The industrialization of Turlock began in the late 1800’s and since the early 1900’s Turlock’s business district has continued to prosper and grow. The City incorporated in 1907.

Originally downtown Turlock was made up of a few hotels, blacksmiths and general stores. Since then Downtown Turlock has become a captivating area; preserving the historic beauty of the earliest business center of Turlock while providing opportunities for business growth. The Turlock Chamber of Commerce and Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association offices are located within the Downtown Turlock.

Visit the Turlock Historical Museum at 108 S Center Street in the Heart of Historical Downtown Turlock to learn more about our culturally rich environment with large populations of Portuguese, Assyrian, Swedish, Hmong, Chinese, Greek, Hispanic, Japanese, Indian and various other nationalities residing here and in surrounding areas that have made our community what it is today. This unique museum is open 11am-3pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays and 1-4 pm on Saturdays. Admission is Free. Call 668-7386 for more information.

After the complete streetscape renovation in Downtown Turlock, the 55+/- property owners formed the Property and Business Improvement District #2 (PBID) to fund the on-going maintenance of the streetscape. To oversee the maintenance and other activities within the Downtown, the members formed a board of directors to guide and monitor the district’s maintenance and other needs. The Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association (TDPOA) board of directors are comprised of property owners and business owners within the 6-block district. Board members serve two-year terms and may serve up to three (3) consecutive terms.

The PBID was renewed in 2013 for ten (10) years.