Borden, California

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Borden is located in California
Location in California
Borden is located in the United States
Borden (the United States)
Coordinates: 36°55′48″N 120°01′36″W / 36.93000°N 120.02667°W / 36.93000; -120.02667Coordinates: 36°55′48″N 120°01′36″W / 36.93000°N 120.02667°W / 36.93000; -120.02667
CountryUnited States
CountyMadera County
Elevation272 ft (83 m)

Borden (formerly, Alabama Settlement and Arcola) is an unincorporated community in Madera County, California.[1] It is located on the Southern Pacific Railroad 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Madera,[2] at an elevation of 272 feet (83 m).[1]

The first settlers came from Alabama in 1858, whence its original name.[2] The name Arcola comes from the plantation in Alabama owned by one of the settlers.[2] The current name was bestowed by the railroad for civic leader, Dr. Joseph Borden.[2] The Borden post office operated to 1873, closed for a time in 1896, and closed for good in 1907.[2][3][4]

On December 2, 2010, the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board voted to start construction of the first part of the California High-Speed Rail line at Borden and continue it to Corcoran, California. Construction is expected to begin in 2012.[5]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Borden, California
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ P.E. Vandor. 1919. History of Fresno County, California. p. 171
  4. ^ California Great Registers of Voters
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) accessed 12-4-10