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

La Mineta 1850 - Princeton 1854 - Mount Bullion 1862

 
 
La Mineta 1850 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2011
1. La Mineta 1850 Marker
Inscription. This site is part of the 44,000 arce [sic] Las Mariposa Land Grant purchased in 1847 by Colonel John C. Fremont for $3,000. In 1850 La Mineta, a mining camp, was established here by Sonoran miners. La Mineta was changed to Princeton in 1854 for the nearby Princeton Mine co-discoverer Prince Steptoe. The Princeton Mine produced almost 4,500,000 of gold in 1860. Carlo Marre opened a general store. In 1862 Princeton was changed to Mount Bullion because a Princeton post office existed in Colusa County. Fremont chose the name to honor his father-in-law, Senator Thomas “Old Bullion” Benton because of Bentonís advocacy, the gold standard. Fremont sold his Mariposa estate in 1863. In 1886 Andrew Zinkand ran the toll road. Frank Trabucco operated a general store and was postmaster for over 50 years.
 
Erected 2005 by E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter No. 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 30.418′ N, 120° 2.636′ W. Marker is near Mariposa, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is at the intersection of Princeton Road and Highway 49 Frontage Road on Princeton Road. Touch for map. The marker is next to the Airport Bar & Grill.
La Mineta 1850 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2011
2. La Mineta 1850 Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 6065 Princeton Road, Mariposa CA 95338, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ophir Mines (was approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Townsite of Agua Fria, California (approx. 1.9 miles away); Agua Fria (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Agua Fria (approx. 2.6 miles away); May Rock (approx. 3.9 miles away); Mariposa Museum and History Center (approx. 4.2 miles away); A Shrine to Justice in California (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mariposa County Court House (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mariposa.
 
Also see . . .
1. John C. Fremont - Wikipedia. Offers several photos and information links to additional biographies and articles. (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. BENTON, Thomas Hart, (1782 - 1858). (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Natural ResourcesSettlements & Settlers
 
La Mineta 1850 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 18, 2011
3. La Mineta 1850 Marker
Mount Bullion image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1862
4. Mount Bullion
Picture is from an E Clampus Vitus pamphlet printed in 2010. It shows the spread out town then named Mount Bullion along with an inset picture of the Frank Trabucco Store from the 1880's
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 694 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on February 21, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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