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POSTED May 25, 2014 7:10 p.m.

The Manteca Costco is hosting a book signing for Ripon author John Mangelos of his pictorial history of Ripon on Saturday, June 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Like California, Ripon owes it beginnings to early adventurers. A group of Mormons looking for the “Promised Land” in 1846 were the first Europeans to settle along the Stanislaus River near Ripon. In 1850 another adventurous early pioneer, William H. Crow, settled in the region and the first school to be established in the county was subsequently named for him 12 years later in 1862.

William H. Hughes purchased 1,300 acres in 1857 and in 1872 he gave the railroad a right-of-way and provided land for the depot known as Stanislaus Station. Amplias B. Crook, postmaster of this station, proposed in 1874 to rename the community in honor of his hometown, Ripon, Wisconsin. Hence California’s Ripon was established on December 21, 1874.

Mangelos worked with the archives of the Ripon Historical Society to create this volume of vintage images.

The book is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888).313-.2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.

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