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

Hornitos

 
 
Hornitos Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2011
1. Hornitos Marker
Inscription. Started in 1850 by outcast Mexicans from nearby Quartzburg and given the name Hornitos, meaning “little ovens”, from the dome like rock and mud bake-ovens being used here by some Germans. The whites soon gained predominance, the population grew to many thousands, and it became one of the richest and toughest of early mining camps. Here Juaquin Murietta noted bandit chief had a hide-out and many friends. Wells Fargo and Co. established an office as early as 1852 to handle the millions produced by nearby mines. D. Ghirardelli of chocolate fame started his fortune by merchandising here. For over fifty years were enacted the annual religious customs of Old Mexico.
 
Location. 37° 30.151′ N, 120° 14.3′ W. Marker is in Hornitos, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Bear Valley Road (County Road J16), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is around the back of the Golden Stag Hall, laying against the side of the building. It was replaced by the newer wooden "Nearby Marker" Hornitos. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2886 Bear Valley Road, Hornitos CA 95325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Wells Fargo Office (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Hornitos
Hornitos Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2011
2. Hornitos Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); D. Ghirardelli & Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hornitos (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 600 feet away); St Catherine Catholic Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hornitos.
 
Also see . . .  Hornitos, Mariposa Co., CA. (Submitted on September 6, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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