Chowchilla, California: Mammoth Orange Stand (In Transition)

A Hwy 99 landmark built in 1952, 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. Currently disassembled for repairs.

Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Address:
19450 Ave. 21 1/2, Chowchilla, CA
Directions:
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.
Phone:
559-288-1157
Status:
In Transition
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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 February 2020 it seems to have deteriorated into a mangled orange slice located in a vacant area at the back of the museum parking lot.

[Jana Steeves, 02/26/2020]

The Fossil Discovery Museum has planned to restore the Mammoth Orange for years. The concrete pad next to the mangled orange slice is meant to be the Orange's new permanent home. It looks like the Orange has been disassembled for repairs.

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...

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