Welcome to the Mariposa Museum and History Center

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Feb 202011

The Town of Mariposa – A Short History by Tom Phillips

The Mariposa area was said to have been named by a Spanish Priest under the direction of explorer, Gabriel Moraga. Moraga was the leader of a 25-man troop that explored central California in 1806. When he and his expedition came upon a creek laced with thousands of yellow butterflies, they named the area “Mariposa” which was the Spanish word for butterfly.

The Mariposa town site area was first the home to the Southern Miwok Indians. They have lived in the Central California area for untold generations before any Europeans arrived in the Americas.

Juan B. Alvarado Mexican governor of California (1836-1842,) was awarded the “Las Mariposas Grant”. The “Las Mariposas Grant” was a “floating” grant which meant that it had no fixed boundaries. It was ten square leagues (approx. 44,400 acres) located generally on the Mariposa Creek between the San Joaquin, Chowchilla, and Merced rivers and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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A Rock Climbing Event…

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Jul 212019

Generation Gap: Steve Bosque and Kevin Deweese
Big-wall first ascensionist Steve Bosque and his long time apprentice, Kevin Deweese will be giving a presentation at the Mariposa Museum on Saturday, August 24 at 6 pm. The event is Part 7 of the Speaker Series featuring a History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite Valley.

Mentorship in the Yosemite Valley big-wall scene creates a sense of continuity between generations. Steve Bosque stands on the shoulders of both Warren Harding and Jim Bridwell. His mentorship of Josh Mucci and Kevin Deweese carries the ideas and meaning of big-wall climbing into the future, as exemplified with Deweese’s mentorship of the next generation of big-wall first ascensionists such as Tyler Poston.
Bosque and Deweese’s accomplishments extend beyond big-wall climbing. Bosque is a nurse and has worked at the Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco for nearly twenty years. Deweese began his career as an educator 13 years ago as an AMGA certified rock climbing instructor and high school teacher. He is currently the Director of Education at the Sylvan Learning Center of Brentwood. Bosque has put up nearly 30 big-wall routes since 1975 and aims for more. At every opportunity (usually after a long work week), Deweese heads to the Valley to work on new projects. He is a few weeks away from completing his 9th big-wall first ascent.

Admission for the event is free. A $5 appetizer buffet and $2 beer and wine courtesy of Charles Street Dinner House will be available. Food will be served at 6 pm, with the presentation to follow. Please visit the Mariposa Museum on Facebook for event information and updates or call (209) 966-2924,.

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