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Jun 4, 2007 07:56 AM

Mammoth Orange (Chowchilla)--soon to be gone?

One of our favorite stops along Hwy 99 is the Mammoth Orange stand--the last (I believe) of many such places that used to line Hwy 99, back before it was a freeway. Great place for fresh-squeezed orange juice (fresh-squeezed right there, as opposed to the fresh-squeezed-into-a-jug stuff you usually see these days), burgers, and dogs.

It's been endangered for several years now, as Caltrans has planned a realignment of the nearby 99/152 interchange. When passing through early last month, I noticed some preliminary Caltrans construction going on nearby, but the worker at Mammoth didn't know anything about it. I couldn't find any current news on the place, so I called them last week.

Bad news: Caltrans has now blocked the southbound access across the highway, which pretty much cuts their business in half.

I'd be surprised if this piece of history lasts through another summer. Go while you can.

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  1. It's been decades since I've visited one of these orange stands. But I have fond memories of them from drives down to Disneyland as a kid.

    How many others are still in operation?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      According to Googled SF Chronicle and VIA Magazine articles, that's the only one left
      out of "hundreds", or "nearly 50", depending on which article you believe:

      As far as I know, that's the only one left on 99, although this site indicates a few in other locations:

      Their fresh OJ is just great (ask for less ice); the burgers are OK--fresh-made, so better than fastfood.

      1. re: Steve Green

        Here's my 2002 report when I specifically drove there because it was endangered.

        I always stop by when I'm on that road. I would miss it if it closed.

        I keep an eye out about news. Supposedly they were supposed to move it and have some sort of museum in there. Sounds like that plan was abandoned.

        Here's some links to pictures from the SF Chronicle

        Here's some lousy pictures I took with a disposable camera on my first 2002 visit. My first Chowhound pictures .... you can see why I don't take more.

        The last was my dashboard dinner burger, fries and large squeezed-to-order orange juice.

        Hey ... the "orange" family sticks together. RW would be sad to hear of the passing the Mammoths.

        1. re: rworange

          I always stop there when I am on my way to go fishing over at moss landing.
          and I use to frequant the one that use to be on 152 years ago. and one of
          my best friends use to be the owner of both of those and also the fruitstand
          that use to be on 152. henry is not with us anymore but he was a fantastic
          friend. I went by the house where he use to live off rose ave. and mendocino
          east of selma about two weeks ago.

          1. re: rworange

            link added

            Mammoth Orange
            22150 Avenue 22 1 2, Chowchilla, CA 93610

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