The land that was to become Lodi was a lonely patch of overgrown brush and oak trees when the Gold Rush fever burned in the nearby mountains in the early 1850s.
Within a few years, settlers gradually laid claim to the fertile land. They slowly began clearing the land many considered of little value and planted grain. The laying of rails 125 years ago in the summer of 1869 eventually gave birth to the town we call Lodi.
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