Minturn, California

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Minturn is located in California
Location in California
Minturn is located in the United States
Minturn (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°08′23″N 120°16′28″W / 37.13972°N 120.27444°W / 37.13972; -120.27444Coordinates: 37°08′23″N 120°16′28″W / 37.13972°N 120.27444°W / 37.13972; -120.27444
CountryUnited States
CountyMadera County
Elevation236 ft (72 m)

Minturn is an unincorporated community in Madera County, California.[1] 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,[2] at an elevation of 236 feet (72 m).[1] Minturn is near the Geographic Center of California, between Madera and Merced.

A post office operated at Minturn from 1884 to 1922.[2] The name honors Jonas and Thomas Minturn, wheat farmers who had a railroad siding built at the place in 1872.[2] 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.[3]

The Minturn Nut Company is located nearby at 8800 S. Minturn Road, Le Grand.[4]

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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.[5]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Minturn, 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. 804. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Madera County, California, GenWeb: Minturn Burial Ground.
  4. ^ Minturn Nut Company; accessed 2016.02.08.
  5. ^ John Russell Bartlett, History of the Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island. 1878. p. 144.

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