Chowchilla, California

Introduction to Chowchilla, California

Chowchilla, California, in Madera county, is 17 miles SE of Merced, California and 37 miles NW of Fresno, California. The city is conveniently located inside the Fresno metropolitan area. There are an estimated 11,127 people in Chowchilla.

Chowchilla History

The original inhabitants of Chowchilla were known as Horse-thief Indians. These Chowchilla Indians were a huge, warlike tribe. However, the development of the town of Chowchilla is closely associated with Mr. Orlando Alison Robertson, who was born in Prosperity, Pennsylvania. Robertson became interested in developing California around 1910 and organized the United States Farm Land Company. He purchased the Chowchilla Ranch on May 22, 1912. On February 7, 1923, the City of Chowchilla was incorporated.

Chowchilla and nearby Attractions

  • Berenda Reservoir
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park
  • Meux Home Museum
  • RC Wisener Park
  • Sports & Leisure Park

Things To Do In Chowchilla

The city of Chowchilla features a number of parks and recreational facilities. You can also find a number of sports facilities including a softball complex, baseball field, children’s playgrounds, basketball court and a soccer complex. In addition, the city offers bars, casinos, restaurants and shopping centers.

Chowchilla Transportation

Air transportation is available from Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

Chowchilla Higher Education

Merced College is nearby.

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