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Bear Valley in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bear Valley

 
 
Bear Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 9, 2010
1. Bear Valley Marker
Inscription. First called Johnsonville: Bear Vally had a population of 3,000 including Chinese, Cornish and Mexicans during 1850-60 when Col. John C Fremont's Pine Tree and Josephine mines were producing. Fremont's elegant hotel "Oso House", built with lumber brought around the horn, no longer stands. After fire in 1888, structures were rebuilt. Some still standing are Bon Ton Saloon, Trabucco Store, Odd Fellows Hall, school house and remains of jail, all reminders of Bear Valley's colorrful past.
 
Erected 1985 by Matuca Chapter 1849, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 34.123′ N, 120° 7.132′ W. Marker is in Bear Valley, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on State Highway 49 south of Bear Valley Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7261 California 49, Mariposa CA 95338, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Bear Valley (here, next to this marker); Mrs. E. Trabucco Store (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fremontís Fort (approx. 1.4 miles away); May Rock
Bear Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 9, 2010
2. Bear Valley Marker
(approx. 2 miles away); Bagby (approx. 3 miles away); The Ophir Mines (approx. 4.7 miles away but has been reported missing); La Mineta 1850 - Princeton 1854 - Mount Bullion 1862 (approx. 5.9 miles away); St Catherine Catholic Church (approx. 7.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bear Valley.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Bear Valley Jail image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 9, 2010
3. Bear Valley Jail
The Jail is visible from the road behind the marker, but is on private property.
Bear Valley School image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
4. Bear Valley School
As seen from behind the marker.
Trabucco Store and Odd Fellows Hall image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
5. Trabucco Store and Odd Fellows Hall
Two of the remaining buildings in the town of Bear Valley. The Trabucco Store, renamed the Simpson-Trabucco Store is currently closed. The Odd Fellows Hall is now the Oso Hall Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 650 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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