|Elevation||236 ft (72 m)|
Minturn is an unincorporated community in Madera County, California. It is located on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and California State Route 99 1.5 miles (2 km) north-northwest of Chowchilla, at an elevation of 236 feet (72 m). Minturn is near the Geographic Center of California, between Madera and Merced.
A post office operated at Minturn from 1884 to 1922. The name honors Jonas and Thomas Minturn, wheat farmers who had a railroad siding built at the place in 1872. Jonas (April 4, 1819–August 1, 1884) and Abby West (March 8, 1820–May 19, 1899) Minturn (m. 1843), settled in the area in the 19th century and are buried nearby.
Jonas Minturn was a member of the same family that ran Grinnell, Minturn & Co.
Jonas and Abby West Minturn's children were Mary, Thomas, Gertrude, Madeline, and James.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Minturn, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 804. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
- Madera County, California, GenWeb: Minturn Burial Ground.
- Minturn Nut Company; accessed 2016.02.08.
- John Russell Bartlett, History of the Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island. 1878. p. 144.