Near Bear Valley in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
He operated the Josephine, Pine Tree & Princeton mines and other claims. In 1858 he returned from his travels to operate his mines and found many had been “jumped.” In taking them back a feud developed with several groups, one being the “Hornitas League” which tried to seize one of his mines. After that incident a fort was built to defend the “only” access to the mines.
Afterward his battles were in the courtroom.
Erected 1994 by Matuca Chapter 1849 E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 5999.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 35.284′ N, 120° 7.468′ 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. The marker is 42.7 miles from downtown Sonora (intersection of North Washington St and Stockton Rd). Marker is in this post office area: Mariposa CA 95338, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles Mrs. E. Trabucco Store (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bear Valley (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Bear Valley (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bagby (approx. 1.6 miles away); May Rock (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Ophir Mines (was approx. 6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); La Mineta 1850 - Princeton 1854 - Mount Bullion 1862 (approx. 7.1 miles away); St Catherine Catholic Church (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bear Valley.
More about this marker. Good turnout and marker is in excellent shape.
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2008, by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 2,146 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on February 27, 2008, by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 25, 2008, by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 13, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.