THE STORY: This medal commemorates the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Southern
Pacific Railroad's Train Depot in Modesto, California. This was a significant event, as railroads have always played an important
part of Modesto's history. Since its founding in 1870, Modesto, as with many other valley towns, was a
"railroad" town and its growth was directly linked to the railroads. This medal depicts the depot as it looked at
its completion and both an old steam locomotive and a modern engine facing each other.