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    (1849- )
    County seat of San Joaquin County
    Located at the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta
    13th-largest city in California
    Motto: Stockton--All America City
    Population: 290,409
    Named after Naval commodore Robert F. Stockton
    Home of the University of the Pacific
    It went by several names like 'Fat City' and 'Mudville' before sticking with Stockton.
    It has hot dry summers.
    It is prone to being one of most dangerous U.S. cities due to its high crime rates.
    It gained national attention when a schoolyard shooting took place as a gunman killed 5 school kids and one teacher and wounded 29 school kids before committing suicide (January 17, 1989).
    The box office flop film 'Always' and the critically panned film 'Flubber' were shot there.
    It had a rivalry debate against Holliston, Massachusetts on where the poem 'Casey at the Bat' was described until it was said that the poem has no basis in fact.
    It was named as 'America's Most Miserable City' by Forbes magazine twice due to its problems with crime rates, commuting times, income tax levels and unemployment (2009 and 2011).
    Chris Isaak and Deftones musician Chi Cheng were born there.
    'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' 'All the King's Men (1949 film),' 'The Big Country,' 'Cool Hand Luke' and 'Dreamscape' were filmed there.
    It has ten colleges and several museums.
    The first operating track-laying machine was tested there.
    It hosts the Asparagus Festival every April since 1985.
    It has California's largest inland seaport.
    It was California's first city with a name that wasn't in Spanish or a Native American language.
    Its Little Manila district is one of the largest Filippino communities in the U.S..

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