“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hilmar in Merced County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Irwin City

Irwin City Marker Photo, Click for full size
By James King, January 20, 2013
1. Irwin City Marker
Inscription. W.A. Irwin came from Santa Monica, California, where as a developer, he owned thousands of acres and established colony tracts. He laid out Irwin City, which was surveyed by George Manuel, and had it recorded on May 8, 1907. The colony was less than a mile south of present day Hilmar. Irwin himself promoted the area in brochures claiming the climate was the best in the world. No hard winters, no snow storms, no cyclones, only eternal summer.

Irwin City had a hotel, bakery, jeweler and barber. Other businesses were Hedman-Johnson Meat Market, Johnston Hardware and Ceylon Grocery. A.H. Boothry and sons ran a general merchandise store. The building known today as Irwin City antiques was previously Pedigo's Store and later Klint's Hardware. Nearby was a two story building with the intriguing name Fallen Angel Saloon. The upper floor was a hotel.

In 1911 a U.S. Post Office opened in Thomas Pedigo's General Store and operated until 1958. Pedigo was postmaster and later became a circuit judge for the area.

In 1917 the Tidewater Southern Railroad line reached the area. The railroad laid out the town of Hilmar just to the north. Irwin City began to be absorbed by Hilmar as it grew southward but it refused to disappear. There are a number of businesses and organizations today using the term Hilmar-Irwin. Train service
Irwin City Monument Photo, Click for full size
By James King, January 20, 2013
2. Irwin City Monument
The monument with the Merced County Fire Department in the background.
halted in 1954 and trucks took over transporting farm produce. What was once two competing towns became one.
Erected 2011 by Estanislao Chapter #58, E Clampus Vitus and Hilmar-Irwin-Stevenson Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 24.176′ N, 120° 51.017′ W. Marker is in Hilmar, California, in Merced County. Marker is on Lander Avenue (California Route 165) 0.3 miles south of Falke Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The monument is next to the sidewalk in the park between the fire station and the school. Marker is in this post office area: Hilmar CA 95324, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hills Ferry (approx. 7.9 miles away); Founding Day April 28, 1888 (approx. 11.4 miles away); Gustine Museum (approx. 13 miles away); Enterprise School (approx. 13 miles away); Men of Gustine War Memorial (approx. 13.1 miles away); Ceres Volunteer Fire Department (approx. 14.2 miles away); Ceres War Memorial (approx. 14.3 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Irwin City Monument Photo, Click for full size
By James King, January 20, 2013
3. Irwin City Monument
The monument with the Hilmar High School in the background.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 245 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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