Introduction to Madera, California
Madera, California, in Madera county, is 21 miles NW of Fresno, California. It's situated in California's Central Valley and includes a prominent Latino community. It features numerous almond groves and factory farms. The county is a major producer of grapes. The city's name is derived from the Spanish word for "timber." Agriculture is the primary factor for the region's economy. A variety of manufacturing facilities provide employment in the county.
The Miwok, Yokut and Mono Indians were the original inhabitants of the region. In 1827 a small contingent of hunters arrived from Salt Lake City. The Gold Rush of 1849 brought miners to the county and serious problems occurred between the miners and the Indians. The Miwok and the Yokut were almost destroyed by a local battalion. Settlers arrived to farm the fertile soil. Grapes and wheat were common crops.
The first lumber mill was constructed in 1852 and lumber became an important factor for the region's economy. In 1874 the California Lumber Company established a business in the county. The company constructed flumes and filled them with water to transport timber down to the city of Madera. The arrival of the timber was a major factor in the development of Madera. The city was incorporated in 1907.
- Madera Speedway
- Madera County Historical Museum
- Madera District Fair
- Old Timers Day
- Coarsegold Rodeo
- Logger's Jamboree
The beautiful Yosemite National Park is approximately 40 miles away and is popular for camping, hiking and enjoying the scenic views. The nearby Sequoia National Park, Inyo National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Minarets Wild Area and the Nelder Grove of giant redwoods are popular destinations. Bass, Madera, Eastman, Hensley and Black Hawk lakes are some of the locations enjoyed for outdoor recreation. Visitors enjoy the Madera Wine Trail which includes numerous wineries.
The nearby Chilnualna Fall, Eagle Peak and Buena Vista trails provide opportunities for scenic hikes. The Fresno River, Chowchilla River and Coarse Gold Creek are utilized for whitewater paddling. The ski resort at Badger Pass is approximately 29 miles away. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the region's courses including the Ahwahnee Golf Course, Brighton Crest Country Club and the Madera Municipal Golf Course.
Madera Higher Education
The city is home to the Madera Center Community College.