Madera County, California GenWeb
Gateway to Yosemite
Exact Center of California
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The county seat at the junction of Hwy 99 and Hwy 145 on the Fresno River. Officials of the California Lumber Company had the town laid out in 1876 at the end of a flume that brought lumber 63 miles from the mountains to the railroad. Madera means "wood" or "timber" in Spanish. Madera PO has been open since 1877. The town was incorporated in 1907.

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Yosemite Avenue - 1896

Yosemite Avenue - 1940s

D Street - 1943

Russ House Hotel

Court House - 1946

Madera County Library - 1929

American Legion Building

Masonic Hall

Griffin Catholic Club

Madera Abstract Co.
6th & D Streets
Ed McCardle & Leticia Curran

Madera County Jail - 1911


Madera looking East 
from Court House
The "Park"

           Last update: Feburary 17, 2001
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