I live nearby, so when my sister visited, I took her there with a bit of trepidation. She is the high school history teacher for Talkeetna, Alaska. Of course I think our local history is fascinating, but would she share my enthusiasm? She loved it! She declared it the best local history museum she'd ever visited.
Mariposa is now a small town near Yosemite National Park. It has old west character, and good tourist shopping. Most visitors passing through probably don't realize that Mariposa has some great American stories to tell. John C. Fremont, the great west pathfinder and mapper, California governor, and our country's first Republican Party presidential candidate, founded Mariposa. Joaquin Murrietta lived nearby. Fortunes were found and lost (including Fremont's) in Mariposa. Artifacts from every story are carefully laid out with many handwritten primary accounts attached.
Mariposa county residents are passionate about their history. Many have put in countless volunteer hours to make the museum as informative and interesting as can be. It even has a working stamp mill that shows exactly how gold ore was extracted from the rock. Be sure to check it out! $4 for adults. Kids are free.
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