The unincorporated community of Salida remains under the jurisdiction of Stanislaus County but also features a number of hands-on organizations including the Salida Civic Association. Originally named "Murphy's Switch" in 1870, the community grew up around the railroad that traverses the town. A proud small-town spirit runs high in Salida, evidenced by the impressive trees that line the median of Broadway Avenue that were planted in 1910 by the Women's Improvement Club. The community enjoys access to two major thoroughfares, State Highway 99 and State Route 219. In recent years, the area has experienced such brisk growth patterns that the boundaries between Salida and neighboring Modesto are beginning to blur. Easy access to all that Modesto has to offer has enhanced the appeal of Salida for newcomers who appreciate the tranquil hometown setting.