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Brad Ditton
Broker/Owner
Century 21 Ditton Realty
40307 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
direct: (559) 760-3485 • office: (559) 683-7653 • email: b.ditton@C21Ditton.com

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Area Information: History Then & Now

Raymond

Then
Raymond started out as a tent city. In the winter of 1885-1886, floods threatened the Fresno River. A.H. Washburn, owner of the Yosemite Stage and Turnpike Company and the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite, convinced the Southern Pacific Railroad to build an alternate route to Wawona. In 1886 Coarsegold and Fresno Flats were by-passed by the new route. Travel to Wawona went through Raymond, Ahwahnee, and Fish Camp. The new Railroad stop was named after Israel Ward Raymond.  Raymond became so busy that it was reported one night that the local inn ran out of beef, and served up wildcat instead. Thus it became nicknamed Wildcat Station.

The Merced to El Portal railroad route opened in 1907. In 1926, year-round Highway 140 was completed. Thus ended the Southern Pacific Railroad route through Raymond.

Now
Today, Raymond is home to ranches and granite mines. Raymond granite is known through out the United States, in fact, granite from this area was used to help rebuild San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fires. It is also found in buildings in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Dallas, just to name a few.
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