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

Mormon Bar

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2011
1. Mormon Bar Marker
Inscription.  In 1849, a group of Mormons established a tent encampment near here while searching for land to farm. After an influx of gold miners the Mormons moved on. Next came thousands of Chinese miners, merchants and farmers. Mormon Bar became the largest Chinese community in Mariposa County boasting a hotel, blacksmith shop, stores and gambling dens. Mormon Bar 1860 election returns reported the secession candidates defeated the union candidates 21 to 17. In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln received 11 votes in the Mormon precinct. Mormon Bar was an important stagecoach stop for travelers to and from Yosemite. Granite used in building the Mariposa jail was quarried near here. Archaeological evidence shows that Native Americans lived in the area long before the Mormons arrived.
 
Erected 2003 by E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter No. 1849.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
 
Location.
Mormon Bar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
2. Mormon Bar Marker
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37° 27.805′ N, 119° 56.869′ W. Marker is near Mariposa, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Fairgrounds Road east of California Highway 49, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5035 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa CA 95338, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. California State Mining and Mineral Museum (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named St. Joseph's Catholic Church (approx. 1˝ miles away); Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail (approx. 1.7 miles away); Schlageter Hotel (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fremont Adobe (approx. 1.7 miles away); John Trabucco Building (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mariposa Independent Order Odd Fellows Hall (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mariposa.
 
Mormon Bar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2011
3. Mormon Bar Marker
Mormon Bar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mandy Kirby, circa October 20, 2018
4. Mormon Bar Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 729 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   4. submitted on October 21, 2018, by Mandy Kirby of Clovis, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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