Many years ago I had the honor of helping to relocate this exhibit from San Francisco to Mariposa. It was sort of a "home-coming" in a way as the exhibit was established to promote early Mother Lode mining enterprises in the state. It has become an excellent display of early mining techniques (with a REAL mine tunnel) and a geological display that is world class. The people of Mariposa County have struggled, for many years, to keep the California State Mining and Mineral Museum alive and well. It is, perhaps, one of the premiere sites along the Golden Chain Highway (Highway 49) that runs through California's Mother Lode Country beginning in Oakhurst (to the South) and running through Nevada City (to the North). A "must see" site for any traveler to this region.
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