About Newman Founded by Simon Newman in 1888, the City of Newman is the jewel of the West Side of California's central valley. Known for its annual Fall Festival and small town charm, the City of Newman retains its rural flavor while keeping up with larger more-urbanized communities. Officially incorporated in 1908, with the official slogan of "The Cream Pitcher of the Pacific", Newman has grown into a bright upstanding community and adopted an updated slogan during its Centennial Celebration in 1988; "Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Building for the Future." This slogan accurately describes Newman's viewpoint; not only does the city have authentic historical value, it is also known for having California's first school bus - a converted 1916 Ford Model T; as well as being voted one of the San Joaquin Valley's "Livable Places" in the late 1990's. The City of Newman looks forward towards progress and has positive goals for the future while keeping its historical roots in place. The city has recently crafted its vision of the future by successfully completing a general plan update. Today, Newman is home to approximately 10,000 people and continues to thrive. Thirty miles southwest of Modesto in Stanislaus County, Newman is situated in a great central location to many of the state's attractions. A two hour drive in any given direction can take you anywhere from the capitol to the ocean or the mountains. With a beautiful view of the foothills leading to the coastal ranges, the City of Newman is located in an agriculturally rich and naturally beautiful geographical area. Located directly on California's Highway 33 and a mere five miles from Interstate 5; local attractions include the West Side Theatre in the heart of downtown, George Hatfield State Park three miles southeast of town and the San Luis Reservoir approximately twenty minutes to the south. Take a drive to the west side and see what you've been missing! The valley's best kept secret is looking forward to your visit; on behalf of the City of Newman, welcome to our community!