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

May Rock

 
 
May Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2011
1. May Rock Marker
Inscription. Originally named Tower Rock, May Rock is the largest outcropping of quartz along the Mother Lode. This 82 foot high formation contains no gold ore. Most gold ore within quartz is at greater depths in the earth.

It was part of Colonel John C. Fremontís1847 “Las Mariposas” 44,000 acre land grant and later owned by Louis Trabucco.

To celebrate May Day, people came from Bagby, Bear Valley, Elkhorn, Hornitos Mariposa, Quartzburg, and Princeton.

It became the central gathering place on May Day for picnics, races, music and a May Pole dance.

Jessie Fremont was an early organizer of these events and bestowed the name May Rock, in remembrance of the May Day picnic here.

May Rock is currently owned by Robert Bondshu, a descendant of the pioneer Bondshu, Hope, Halstead, and McGregor families of Mariposa County.
 
Erected 2010 by E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter No. 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 32.741′ N, 120° 5.796′ W. Marker is near Bear Valley, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on State Highway 49, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker
May Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2011
2. May Rock Marker
May Rock is seen in the background.
is approximately 2 miles south of Bear Valley. Marker is in this post office area: Mariposa CA 95338, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bear Valley (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Bear Valley (approx. 2 miles away); Mrs. E. Trabucco Store (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Ophir Mines (approx. 2.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Fremontís Fort (approx. 3.3 miles away); La Mineta 1850 - Princeton 1854 - Mount Bullion 1862 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Bagby (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Townsite of Agua Fria, California (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bear Valley.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
May Rock image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2011
3. May Rock
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 867 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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