Raymond, California

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Raymond is located in California
Location in California
Raymond is located in the United States
Raymond (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°13′02″N 119°54′20″W / 37.21722°N 119.90556°W / 37.21722; -119.90556Coordinates: 37°13′02″N 119°54′20″W / 37.21722°N 119.90556°W / 37.21722; -119.90556
CountryUnited States
CountyMadera County
Elevation948 ft (289 m)

Raymond (formerly, Wildcat Station) is an unincorporated community in Madera County, California.[1] It is located 22 miles (35 km) north-northeast of Madera,[2] at an elevation of 948 feet (289 m).[1]

Raymond has fewer than 1,000 residents. It is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Madera at Green Mountain Road and Road 600. The community is part of the Madera–Chowchilla Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The area was named either for Israel Ward Raymond, a park commissioner who urged the preservation of Yosemite Valley,[3] or for T. Raymond of Raymond & Whitcomb Travel Association in San Francisco,[2] or for Walter Raymond of Raymond & Whitcomb Travel Association in Boston. Walter Raymond founded the Raymond Hotel in Pasadena in 1886. He planned the hotel and received money for its construction from his father Emmons Raymond, who was a stockholder in the Santa Fe Railroad. When the town of Raymond was dedicated, its residents approached Walter Raymond and offered to name the town after him if he would cut the ribbon at the ceremony.[4]

The painter Thomas Hill, one of the renowned Early California Artists, died here in 1908.

The first post office opened in 1886.[2] The original name, Wildcat Station, was replaced by Raymond when the Southern Pacific Railroad reached the town in 1886.[2]

The ZIP Code is 93653. The community is inside area code 559.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Raymond, California
  2. ^ a b c d 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. ^ Raymond Genealogy, Vol I - Descendants of Richard Raymond (Samuel Edward Raymond, 1972)
  4. ^ Raymond, Arthur. (1983). A Gentleman of the Old School: A Biography of Walter Raymond. Pasadena Historical Museum.

History of Raymond