Hilmar in Merced County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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
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. Touch 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).
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