Raymond in Madera County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
(Wild Cat Station)
At one time meat supplies ran out and wild cat carcasses could be seen hanging outside the dining room's kitchen, thus the name "Wild Cat Station." It was later renamed "Raymond" for Mr, T. Ramond of the Raymond Whitcomb Travel Association of San Francisco.
The Post Office was established on July 9, 1886, and Raymond soon became the main freight depot for the mountain area due to increased cattle shipments, the Raymond Granite Quarry, and the supplies needed by the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company.
The Raymond train was terminated in 1946 when the line from Daulton to Raymond was abandoned.
Erected 1997 by Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 12.967′ N, 119° 54.383′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: across from 32197 Road 600, Raymond CA 93653, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Charles Miller House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Knowles (approx. 1.1 miles away); Yosemite Stage Route (approx. 10 miles away); Grub Gulch (approx. 10.6 miles away); Willow Glen (approx. 10.9 miles away); Wassama Roundhouse (approx. 14½ miles away); Wassama Village (approx. 14.9 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker sits where the railyard turntable used to be before the railroad was torn out in the late 1940's
Marker is a large slab of granite from the nearby Raymond Granite Quarry.
Regarding Raymond. Thee are only five or six buildings remaining on Road 600, but the large swath of land that was the railroad corridor is clearly visible by the lack of any structures all he way through town. The Raymond monument is the only thing sitting in the railroad right-of-way.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . The History of Raymond. Some historical photos and a story on Raymond from the 1933 edition of The Raymond Tattler. (Submitted on January 7, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 831 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 7, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.