Leaving Manteca and heading East on the 120, you are treated to the different forms of agriculture found in our Central Valley before you come to the city of Escalon. Escalon which means stepping stone is a former railroad town. Although the train no longer stops in town, the train rumbles through town many times a day. Events held in our Main Street Park are used to stopping what they are doing to wait until the train has passed. The Park is the home of a caboose which the Escalon Historical Society has displayed and can be opened for inspection by appointment. All year long, families are seen using the train for the backdrop for their family photos.
As you enter into Escalon, there is a slight Y in the road which leads you onto Main Street the center of for many activities all year long. You will want to visit the shops which line one side of Main Street to discover a wide variety of merchandize from repurposed items, to antiques, to delightful boutiques.
Many of the buildings date back to the early part of the 20th century. The street is closed down several times a year for different parades and events. In April a wine stroll, in July Park Fete, in December Christmas on Main and parades are held to honor our veterans and homecoming. Bring a picnic and barbecue in the park and enjoy a respite from your drive.
In our sphere of influence, you can visit a stock yard, create a water garden, learn how to grow an edible garden, visit our Historical Society, watch sports for all ages, and if you are lucky hear an official air raid siren start one of our celebrations. Please take the opportunity to stop, shop, eat, rest and enjoy Escalon before further travel on the Highway 120 Adventure.