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

Agua Fria

 
 
Agua Fria Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2011
1. Agua Fria Marker
Inscription.  Discoverd by Sonoran miners in the early summer of 1849. It was located about a quarter mile above the two springs of cold water from which the town derived its name.

Aqua Fria was the first county seat from Feb. 18, 1850 to Nov. 10. 1851. During this time the town consisted of about a dozen stores, Three Card Monte, Faro tables, a billiard room, hotel and bowling alley.

The town of Aqua Fria soon declined, when in 1852 the town of Mariposa became the seat of government. On June 22, 1866 a fire broke out which destroyed the entire town and it was never rebuilt.
 
Erected 2000 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 series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1849.
 
Location. 37° 28.87′ N, 120° 0.64′ W. Marker is near Mariposa, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on State Highway 140 east of Yaqui Gulch Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker
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is at or near this postal address: 4260 Highway 140, Mariposa CA 95338, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Agua Fria (a few steps from this marker); The Townsite of Agua Fria, California (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mariposa Museum and History Center (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mariposa County Court House (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Mariposa County Court House (approx. 2.4 miles away); A Shrine to Justice in California (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mariposa County Courthouse (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mariposa Meat Market (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mariposa.
 
Agua Fria Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer
2. Agua Fria Marker
The Two Agua Fria Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2011
3. The Two Agua Fria Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 967 times since then and 134 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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