Hornitos in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Erected 1954 by Town of Hornitos and E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 30.15′ N, 120° 14.267′ W. Marker is in Hornitos, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street (County Road J16) and Church Street, on the right when traveling north on High Street. Touch for map. The main street in Hornitos is Bear Valley Road. High Street is one block East of Bear Valley Road. There are only 3 streets in town. You can park in the town square and walk the entire town in about a half an hour. Just past the jail, High Street intersects with Church Street, the road that leads to St Catherine's Catholic Church, East of town. Marker is in this post office area: Hornitos CA 95325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker Hornitos (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hornitos (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Wells Fargo Office (within shouting distance of this marker); D. Ghirardelli & Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Hornitos Masonic Hall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hornitos Masonic Hall No. 98 (about 500 feet away); Cavagnaro General Store (about 700 feet away); St Catherine Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hornitos.
Regarding Hornitos. The jail dates from around 1849, before Hornitos was named - originally settled by Mexicans and native Californian descendants of Mexican settlers. The building itself is constructed of schist granite quarried from the nearby hills. There is a story of a Chinese miner called John that was murdered in the jail cell in the 1860's. The jail is the oldest building in town. There are many historic buildings remaining in Hornitos including the Wells Fargo Building, St Catherine's Catholic Church, The Masonic building, the Ghirardelli ruins and others. The town is a destination for touring classic car clubs and touring motorcycle clubs taking the historic Highway 49 back roads.
Also see . . . Hornitos. Includes the story of the murder of John the Chinese miner. (Submitted on January 6, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
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