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Mariposa, California Historical Markers

 
A Shrine to Justice in California Marker image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2011
A Shrine to Justice in California Marker
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — A Shrine to Justice in California
In honor of the sesquincentennial of the Mariposa County Courthouse and recognition of its continuous use since 1855. In June 1857 Biddle Boggs vs. Merced Mining Company made legal mining history and the 1861 cases of Moore vs. Smaw and Fremont . . . — Map (db m46739) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Agua Fria
Discoverd by Sonoran miners in the early summer of 1849. It was located about a quarter mile above the two springs of cold water from which the town derived its name. Aqua Fria was the first county seat from Feb. 18, 1850 to Nov. 10. 1851. . . . — Map (db m46410) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — 518 — Agua Fria
One fourth mile north of Carson Creek, tributary of Agua Fria, was located Agua Fria, first county seat of Mariposa County in 1850-1851 one of original 27 counties in California. Until 1852, while mining was main industry of region, Mariposa County . . . — Map (db m51554) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Bridgeport
In 1852 Andrew Church established a trading post where a road from the San Joaquin Valley, crossed the Agua Fria Creek. The site, known as Bridgeport, was on the Fremont Grant, about five miles south of Aqua Fria, first county seat of Mariposa . . . — Map (db m46846) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — California State Mining and Mineral Museum
The California State Geological Society started collecting mineral specimens in 1865. In 1880, the California State Mining Bureau was founded. This plaque is dedicated to the miners and founders for their foresight. Todays collection displays . . . — Map (db m46845) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Fremont Adobe
The oldest building in Mariposa, and the only 3 story adobe building still in use in the state of California. Erected in 1850 by Col. John C. Fremont and wife Jessie for Palmer Cook & Co., lease holders for the Mariposa Mine and Fremont’s agents. . . . — Map (db m65502) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — La Mineta 1850 - Princeton 1854 - Mount Bullion 1862
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 . . . — Map (db m46407) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Mariposa County Court House
California’s oldest seat of justice still in use. The front half, the original building, completed in 1854, cost $9.200. The lumber was sash-sawed from nearby forests; framework fastened with mortised joints and wooden pegs. Finished lumber was . . . — Map (db m46734) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Mariposa County Court HouseErected 1854
In Continuous Use Since Erection This marker placedMap (db m46737) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — 670 — Mariposa County Courthouse
This mortise and tenon Greek Revival courthouse, erected in 1854, is California’s oldest court of law and has served continuously as the seat of county government since 1854. During the 19th century landmark mining cases setting legal precedent were . . . — Map (db m46733) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail
This 33 X 26 foot structure was built in 1858 from granite blocks quarried near Mormon Bar at a cost of 14,744.00 by J.O. Lovejoy. It originally had two stories and a gallows at the east end. In 1892 a fire gutted the building, taking the life of . . . — Map (db m46443) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Mariposa Independent Order Odd Fellows Hall
Built 1867 to replace original building. Used by Mariposa County fraternal organizations since then. — Map (db m46442) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Mariposa Museum and History CenterGolden Key Mine Stamp Mill — Mariposa Gazette Building, Counts House
The first meeting of the Mariposa County Historical Society was held April 14, 1957. In 1958 the museum was established at the Historic Masonic Lodge located nearby. In December 1969, Judge Thomas and Katherine Coakley donated the land to . . . — Map (db m38670) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Mormon Bar
In 1849, a group of Mormons established a tent encampment near here while searching for land to farm. After an influx of gold miners the Mormons moved on. Next came thousands of Chinese miners, merchants and farmers. Mormon Bar became the largest . . . — Map (db m46408) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Mt. Buckingham School
This school was originally two stories and was built in Georgetown about 1878. At that time it was called the Snow Creek School. Space was limited so the school was dismantled and moved to a larger site in 1910. The land was donated by Richard . . . — Map (db m46771) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Schlageter Hotel
Built in 1859 by John F. McNamera, destroyed by fire in 1866, rebuilt in 1867 by Herman Schlegeter, Presidents Grant & Garfield stayed here, Walter & Clarice Robinson acquired ownership in 1963. — Map (db m46441) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Built in 1862 by the people of Mariposa under the direction of Father Auger the church was dedicated and the first mass was said on January 18, 1863 by Archbishop Alemany — Map (db m46444) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Built in 1862 by the people of Mariposa under the direction of Father Auger. The church was dedicated, Confirmation was conferred and the first Mass was said by Archbishop Alameny on Jan. 18, 1863. The church has been repaired many times through the . . . — Map (db m46599) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — The Ophir Mines
The Mount Ophir Mine is one of the most successful and conspicuous of the Mother Lode mines in Mariposa County. It includes the Mount Ophir Mint which was the first of such mints to turn gold into coins. The Mint was built by John Moffitt, who had . . . — Map (db m46381) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — The Townsite of Agua Fria, California
This mining town became the seat of justice of Mariposa County when on February 18,1850, the State Legislature divided the state into 27 counties. Mariposa County the comprised one-fifth of the entire state and included what are Mariposa, Tulare, . . . — Map (db m46411) HM
California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — William Sell Jr. Memorial BridgeFirst Place Award Winner
In the 1972 Federal Highways Administration Contest as the outstanding example of a bridge, overpass, tunnel or other highway structure in the United States. “This is the way a bridge should look.” — Map (db m46773) HM

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