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Wildcat Station (former name)
Raymond is located in California
Location in California
Raymond is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Madera County
948 ft (289 m)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 559

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

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, or for T. Raymond of Raymond & Whitcomb Travel Association in San Francisco, 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.

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

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

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