Brochures offer tour through history
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Residents can walk back in time with a brochure that highlights the historical buildings of Tracy’s downtown.

Created by the West Side Pioneer Association, the brochure identifies the history of a dozen downtown buildings.

The goal is to encourage residents to take self-guided tours, according to Celeste Garamendi, a member of the association’s board of directors.

“It’s providing a way for all residents to get involved in our community and recognize our unique history,” she said. “The buildings provide the starting place to tell that story.”

Designed by Erica Dement and released in February, the brochure provides a path into Tracy’s history from Sixth to 11th streets, building upon the research work of Ellen Opie.

While digitalizing archive photographs for the Tracy Historical Museum, Opie created a presentation for the West Side Pioneer Association that included the history of the downtown.

She identified downtown buildings dating from 1899 to 1927, five of which are on the National Register of Historic Places, Garamendi said.

“We would love to have this be an introduction for people in the community to learn more about Tracy’s history and engage them into getting more involved in the community,” she said.

Among the businesses identified are the West Side Bank at 25 Sixth St., Tracy’s city hall and jail in the early 1900s at 25 W. Seventh St., and the Tracy Inn at 24 W. 11th St.

Brochures are available at the Tracy Historical Museum, 1141 Adam St., and Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 223 E. 10th St.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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