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Mammoth Orange to squeeze back into the spotlight

For The Madera Tribune

The historic Mammoth Orange structure was restored to its former glory thanks to the generous donation of time and materials by the Rotary clubs of Chowchilla, Madera and Madera Sunrise and will be presented at a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 23.


Many long-time residents of California’s Central Valley will remember The Mammoth Orange as a local landmark. The Mammoth Orange was a refreshment stand located on Highway 99 and was known for its giant hamburgers, excellent fries, and out-of-this-world orange shakes.

This historic building is set to make a juicy comeback on September 23 at 6 p.m., when the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County invites the public to celebrate a piece of local history with a fundraising dinner and ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The original Mammoth Orange closed in 2007 and was abandoned in a storage yard. Later, the 20-foot orange was brought to the Fossil Discovery Center and painstakingly revived.


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