National Geographic : 1936 Mar
Photograph by Arnold Williams OCEAN SHIPS STEAM THROUGH RICH PLAINS TO REACH STOCKTON'S DEEP-RIVER TERMINAL, 68 MILES FROM THE PACIFIC This inland "seaport" on the San Joaquin River is oddly like ancient Babylon, to whose Euphrates wharvescame trading junks from far Cathay. Laid out in 1849, at tidewater head, Stockton early grew fat on gold seekers' trade. Served now by three railways, steamer,bus, truck, and airlines, and humming with fac tories, this city is surrounded by a land of potatoes, grain, fruit, onions, corn-in all, 52 commercial crops. Herodotus' graphic description ofBabylon's ancient fertility applies aptly to this region.