Near Bear Valley in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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. Touch for map. This marker
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bear Valley.
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