Be sure to visit The Mercantile shop at the entrance to the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. The Mercantile offers a unique selection of gifts, historical books, old fashioned toys, and pioneer clothing.

Copies of Historic County Map now for Sale

Archivist Leigh Johnsen discovered a map in the collections titled “San Joaquin County: The Gateway County of California,” a reference to the county’s significance as a hub of transportation early in the twentieth century. The map has been reproduced as a 20 x 28 inch poster. Copies are currently on sale in the Museum gift shop. The map traces in entertaining detail the course of railroads, roads, and waterways. Tiny trains and boats, smoke pouring out of their stacks, snake their way across the landscape and up the Stockton Channel. Houses, farms, trees, and livestock dot the countryside. The map even includes visual representations of crops that farmers in the county raised at the time. Aside from its historical value, the map is also a work of art, suitable for framing and giving as a gift. The cost for each copy is $15.00 at the Museum’s gift shop. Orders placed by phone or mail will be charged an additional $5.00 for shipping and handling. 

The nearby Micke Grove zoo has the Zootique shop

For other shopping in the area, check with the Lodi Visitors Bureau and the Stockton Visitors Bureau.