Madera County, California

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Madera County is a county of the U.S. state of California, located in the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada north of Fresno County. It comprises the Madera-Chowchilla, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2008 census the population was 152,465. The county seat is Madera.

The southernmost part of Yosemite National Park is located in the county's northeast.

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History

Madera County was formed in 1893, from the southern part of Mariposa County during a special election held on May 16th, 1893. Citizens residing in the area that was to become Madera County voted 1,179 to 358 for establishment of the new county.[1]

Madera is the Spanish term for wood.[2] The county derives its name from the town of Madera, named when the California Lumber Company built a log flume to carry lumber to the Central Pacific Railroad there in 1876.[citation needed]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,153 square miles (5,577 km²), of which, 2,136 square miles (5,532 km²) is land and 17 square miles (45 km²) is water. The total area is 0.81% water.

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