THE STORY: This
medal commemorates the 125th anniversary of the founding of Turlock, California. In 1871, John W. Mitchell, a major land owner south
of Modesto, wanted the railroad to come further south so he would not have to haul his crops so far to reach a railhead. In
an agreement with the railroad he donated the acreage needed to start a town and railhead and Turlock was born.
The medal features a bust of Mitchell, a locomotive. a stand of grain, and a group of melons. Turlock was known at that time
as a railroad town and was famous for its grains and melons.