Chowchilla, California: Mammoth Orange Stand

Built circa 1952, long a Hwy 99 landmark, the big orange closed in 2007, was abandoned in a storage yard (where it became home to a family of foxes), and was then moved to a local museum that plans to renovate and open it as a concession stand.

Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County

19450 Ave. 21 1/2, Chowchilla, CA
Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County. Hwy 99/Golden State Hwy exit 164. Drive west a half-mile, turn left at the stop sign, then right into the parking lot.
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Mammoth Orange.

Mammoth Orange Stand

The Mammoth Orange Stand is severely dilapidated, but kind of cool. Hopefully it will get restored.

[Nick, 04/28/2018]

Orange stand.

Mammoth Orange Stand

The Mammoth Orange stand has been moved to the edge of the parking lot of the Fossil Discovery Museum on Avenue 21 1/2 just south of Chowchilla, off the 99. However, as of July 2014, it has not yet been restored to its former glory.

[Sara D., 07/26/2014]
Mammoth Orange Stand

The Mammoth Orange Stand is now closed. Building is still there.

[Lee Harpoina, 06/11/2010]

Hamburger stand.

Mammoth Orange Stand

The Mammoth Orange Stand site has been closed due to highway construction, but the orange is hoped to be a restoration project. The orange itself is no longer on the side of Highway 99. It was moved on May 2, 2008 and is at a restoration yard in Chowchilla being repaired. It is hoped to be used as part of a new historical area that is in the works.

[Tracy Hunter, 10/01/2008]

Dec. 2008: Photo added. We stopped by in mid-December, and yep, the orange is gone and the hamburger building was in rough shape...

Mammoth Orange

If you are traveling down Highway 99 in Central California, keep your eyes peeled for action at the site of the now-closed Mammoth Orange. The Fresno Bee reported that the city of Chowchilla is in negotiations to buy, restore, and re-open the famous orange restaurant "as soon as possible." It will become part of a new historical area east of downtown Chowchilla where it originated.

I can't wait for this to happen! I have been there several times just to savor the huge hamburgers, excellent fries, and out-of-the-world orange shakes. I hope they are also buying the recipes.

In the late '40's and 50's, California's roads were dotted with huge oranges, lemons, and limes. If all goes well, the Mammoth Orange will soon be beckoning the weary, hungry traveler once again.

[Vicki Nodacker, 05/07/2008]

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