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Stockton is a city in the San Joaquin Valley in northern California.

Located on the San Joaquin Delta, Stockton is the world's most inland natural port and was previously a major port city. One of the larger cities along I-5 and Highway 99 through the Central Valley, it is a convenient stop and offers a variety of restaurants and accommodations for road-trippers. There are several shopping centers and movie theaters, an art museum, a children's museum and a children's small amusement park but few major attractions. Stockton is surrounded by rural farm land that offers a bounty of fresh produce and wine tasting.

The poem "Casey at the Bat," about the losing baseball team, "the Mudville Nine" may be a reference to Stockton, which was referred to as Mudville in its earlier years.

Stockton is home to the Stockton Thunder Hockey Team and Stockton Ports Baseball Team, both of which play next door to each other at the Downtown Stockton Waterfront Events Center featuring the Stockton Ballpark and Stockton Arena.

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  1. Stockton was named after Robert F Stockton who was instrumental in the capture of California during the Mexican American War.
  2. The oldest university in California, University of the Pacific, is located in Stockton.
  3. In 2012, Stockton filed for bankruptcy, making it the second largest city in the US to file for Chapter 9 protection.
  4. On Lock Sam, Stockton's oldest running restaurant was founded in 1898
  5. Stockton has been the setting for a number of great films, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Cool Hand Luke, Cape Fear, Porgy and Bess, and Hot Shots.

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