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Stockton Sights and Landmarks Guide, California

Getting a Feel of the Past and the Present through Stockton Sights

Tourists always get a kick out of discovering about the past and the present of a place through the different sights that it is offering. The same is true when it comes to Stockton in California, where there are heritage structures, museums, parks, theaters, and arenas, among others, that speak of the history and the present of the city.

Discovering the Past of Stockton

If there is one sight in Stockton that a tourist must not fail to see, then that is the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. Going through California to New Jersey, the corridor passes through 12 states and is known nationally as an historic highway. Every state that this corridor passes through holds its own chapter that is responsible for coordinating events, featuring landmarks and promoting museums that should be best seen by all holidaymakers and tourists.

The Haggin Museum is also another place in the city that should be visited by those people interested in its past. There have been two important kinds of collections being showcases in the city for more than 70 years, and these are the artworks and the historical pieces. The fine artworks featured in the museum are those that were done by such great artists like Rosa Bonheur, Albert Bierstadt, and William-Adolph Bouguereau. The historical pieces featured in the museum are centered on the past residents of the areas in Stockton as well as their achievements.

Getting to Know Stockton’s Present

Although the Calaveras Big Trees State Park has been a tourist attraction since the year 1852 and was established as a state park in the year 1931, it still plays a big part in the present of Stockton. Today, the park holds mixed conifer forests, groves of Giant Sequoias, the Bradley and Lava Bluff trails, the Beaver Creek, the Stanislaus River, and two major campgrounds. There are also six picnic areas in the park and 129 campsites. The most common activities enjoyed by visitors to the park include evening ranger talks, hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and mountain biking, among many others.

Another known part of the present of the city is the George H. Clever Planetarium that can be found at the San Joaquin Delta College. This planetarium is responsible for providing a series of educational programs to children that are focused on earth and space science. The most important feature of the planetarium is the Spitz 512 prime sky instrument, which is known by its moniker, Herman. This instrument is known to project the stars found on the Milky Way on the planetarium’s dome, which is made of aluminum and is 33 feet wide.

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