Hilmar, California

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Unincorporated community
Hilmar is located in California
Location in California
Hilmar is located in the US
Hilmar (the US)
Coordinates: 37°24′31″N 120°51′01″W / 37.40861°N 120.85028°W / 37.40861; -120.85028Coordinates: 37°24′31″N 120°51′01″W / 37.40861°N 120.85028°W / 37.40861; -120.85028
CountryUnited States
CountyMerced County
 • Total3.9 sq mi (10.1 km2)
Elevation[1]92 ft (28 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total4,807

Hilmar (formerly Hillmar) is an unincorporated community in Merced County, California.[1] It is located 4.25 miles (6.8 km) west-southwest of Delhi,[2] at an elevation of 92 feet (28 m).[1] For census purposes, Hilmar is aggregated with nearby communities into the census-designated place Hilmar-Irwin, California.[year needed] Hilmar began as a colony of Swedish immigrants in 1917.[2] The first post office opened in 1920.[2] It is the home of the Hilmar Cheese Company which was founded in 1984 and began production in 1985.[3]

Hilmar was the southernmost station of the Tidewater Southern Railway. The line terminating in the town was considered the main line of the railroad and was projected to continue south toward Fresno or Bakersfield until the mid-1930s. The line into Hilmar was abandoned in the late 1950s.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hilmar, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 782. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ "About Us". Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. Retrieved 2017-02-02.