Manteca is a city in the Central Valley of California, 76 miles east of San Francisco. It was founded in 1861 by Joshua Cowell.
Manteca, "Family City" to some, sits between major highways and railroads. As recently as the 1970s, Manteca's economy relied solely on agriculture and was viewed as a pit stop to two freeways, Interstate 5 and State Route 99. The skyrocketing prices of homes in the Bay Area caused it's residents for cheaper places to live. Since the construction of the 120 bypass portion of State Route 120, Manteca has become a popular choice for these commuters.
Manteca is the home base for the Not Forgotten Memorial Day Event, the largest commemoration for veterans on the American West Coast. The event is held the Sunday before Memorial Day every year. The event draws over 20,000 people in attendance.