Salida is a farming center north of Modesto on Highway 99. Original settlement called Murphy's Ferry until coming of railroad in 1870. A year later Murphy built a warehouse and a side track was installed for convenience of farmers in shipping grain. This was called Murphy's Switch. In 1875, the community was granted a post office, but a new name had to be chosen because there already was a Murphy's post office in Calaveras County. A Spanish word, "Salida", was chosen and this implied that the new town was "near the water", it being the closest town to the south bank of the Stanislaus River. (Joseph Burton Vasche)
SALIDA DEMOGRAPHICS (Census 2010)
- Population - 13,722
BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND SPECIAL DISTRICTS
Salida Municipal Advisory Council
Established July 31, 1984. Advise the Board of Supervisors on such matters which relate to that area as may be designated by the Board concerning services which are or may be provided to the area by the County or other local governmental agencies, including but not limited to advice on matters of public health, safety, welfare, public works, and planning.
Contact: Katherine Borges (209) 232-5070
Salida Fire Protection District
Established July 12, 1955. Provision of fire protection services.
Contact: Chief Dale Skiles (209) 545-0365
Salida Sanitary District
Established February 14, 1957. Provision of sewage disposal services.
Contact: Linda Walker (209) 545-4987