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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 Richard Wisehart, February 13, 2008
1. Bear Valley Marker
Inscription. Headquarters of Col. John C. Fremont, world-famous American, who, in 1847, purchased a floating Mexican grant of 44,000 acres for $3000. After gold was discovered, he floated his grant to include the Mother Lode gold belt from Mariposa to Merced River. After costly litigation, his title was confirmed by Supreme Court in 1859.

He worked his rich placers by grubstaking experienced Mexican miners before the influx of Americans and subsequently he opened up rich quartz mines, in 1851. He built a two story hotel and later a large store and his home, called "The White House". Horace Greeley visited here in 1859 and wrote "The colonel is now operating two stamp mills and netting $100,000 a year". In 1863, he sold his grant for $6,000,000.
 
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, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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);
Bear Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, February 13, 2008
2. Bear Valley Marker
View is easterly.
Fremontís Fort (approx. 1.4 miles away); May Rock (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. Notable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 1,308 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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