Caswell Memorial State Park

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Caswell Memorial State Park
The Stanislaus River in Caswell Memorial State Park
Map showing the location of Caswell Memorial State Park
Map showing the location of Caswell Memorial State Park
Location San Joaquin County, California, USA
Nearest city Ripon, California
Coordinates 37°41′36″N 121°11′16″W / 37.69333°N 121.18778°W / 37.69333; -121.18778Coordinates: 37°41′36″N 121°11′16″W / 37.69333°N 121.18778°W / 37.69333; -121.18778
Area 258 acres (104 ha)
Established 1952
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Caswell Memorial State Park is a state park of California, USA, preserving a riparian forest along the Stanislaus River. It is located in southern San Joaquin County southwest of the town of Ripon. Riparian Oak Woodland, located in this park, is threatened and the park is trying to protect it. It once flourished through California's Central Valley. Caswell is also the home to several endangered species. The 258-acre (104 ha) park was established in 1952.[1]

The average temperature is 45–50 °F (7–10 °C) in the winter and 85–100 °F (29–38 °C) in the summer. It is common to exceed 100 °F (38 °C) for several consecutive days in the summer. Caswell is home to lots of mosquitoes.

This park has been named after the landowner, Thomas Caswell. He enjoyed this beautiful forest and wanted to preserve it. In the 1950s, 134 acres (54 ha) of this forest were donated by his children and grandchildren to California before it was opened to the public as a state park in 1958.[2]

The jungle scenes in Disney's 1973 film The World's Greatest Athlete were shot here.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 18. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Caswell Memorial SP". California State Parks. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 

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