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The city of Merced was incorporated in 1889 and is turning 125 years old in 2014! There will be a community celebration in the summer of 2014, and we are calling on all interested residents to be involved in the planning of this historic occasion.  The festivities will recognize early events in our local history, such as the arrival of the railroad and the town’s incorporation, as well as more recent milestones such as the arrival of UC Merced.

We have accomplished a great deal in 125 years, and a lot of hard work has gone into tilling our fertile soil, building our downtown, beautifying our neighborhoods and making Merced a great place to live and work.  Merced’s rich history is filled with events that have challenged Mercedians to be resilient, hardworking and innovative. During our celebration, we will commemorate times past and embrace our bright future.

There will be opportunities for residents to lead significant parts of this celebration or take on lesser roles that will require much smaller amounts of time and effort. We need your help making this celebration happen.  The kickoff planning meeting was held Nov. 19 but we welcome your thoughts and ideas on how to commemorate this occasion. Look for meeting dates on this page.

Council member Mike Murphy and former Council member Mary-Michal Rawling are the co-chairs of the Merced 125 anniversary celebration. You can contact the committee by phone at 209-385-6834 or by email at 


Mary-Michal Rawling and Mike Murphy


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