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Quirky and goofy Davis, California. Where I went to school as an undergraduate and where I met my future wife. Back in 1970 when I went to school there it was a sleepy town of 18,000 give or take a few cows and horses at the Vet School. Fast forward yp 2017 and the city has nearly 70,000 residents. it is the largest city in Yolo County today.

Davis was originally called Davisville. It was established in 1868 and named after Jerome C. Davis a local farmer. The community grew because of its rich soils and location next to a Southern Pacific depot. In 1907 the Post Office shortened the name to Davis. The City was incorporated in 1917.

Davis has been the one of the national pioneers in making bicycling an active part of its transportation mode mix. Beginning in the 1960's Davis started building an array of bicycle lanes, paths and greenbelts that were unparalled in California. Bicycling even became a hot issue for potential City Council candidates and beginning in the late 1960's the City had a pro bike majority council. Moving around town you will soon find that biking is a way of life not just for students but for residents as well.

California Governor George Pardee in looking to implement the University Farm Bill in 1905 chose Davis over 50 competing sites to be the "University Farm." The university's original thrust was in agricultural and veterinary science. Fifty two years later the school was made the seventh campus in the University of California system.

Today the school called the University of California at Davis is home to just over 32,000 students. The school offers 102 undergraduate programs and 88 graduate programs. Schools in engineering, social sciences, medicine, agriculture and veterinary science are ranked among the best in the world. The college is also the largest of the UC campuses in area comprising over 5,300 acres.

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