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Modesto is in California's San Joaquin Valley.

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  1. The award winning movie “American Graffiti”, which was produced by George Lucas in 1973 was shot in Modesto.
  2. Modesto was supposed to be named after William C. Ralston but he declined the honor during the cernemony. A railroad worker was overheard to say he was “Muy Modesto”, meaning modest. The town was thus named Modesto.
  3. George Lucas, the famous creator of the Star Wars series, was born in Modesto.
  4. Modesto is also the birthplace of Carol Channing, a famous American comedienne, actress and singer and three times Tony Award winner.
  5. Modesto is home to the E.&J. Gallo Winery, one of largest wineries in the entire world.

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