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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Mountian Lion P-22 at January 2017 Fireside Chat

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Jan 092017
 


— Photo provided by Skip Skyrud —

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom and Tom Phillips with actual life size cutout of Mountain Lion (Puma) P22 which lives in Griffith Park among all the humanity in the Los Angeles Basin…

The Sunday afternoon Fireside Chat was a presentation by Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, wildlife advocate, author, and California Director for the National Wildlife Federation covering the life of P22 and other wild animals in California’s Mountain country..

The presentation was enjoyed by a standing room only crowd of local residents and tourists who were not able to make their destination of Yosemite National Park because of flooding in the park valley and Merced River canyon due to a sever winter storm that brought an extreme amount of rain to the area closing the park for the weekend.

More about Beth Pratt-Bergstrom and her accomplishments can be viewed here:

Beth Pratt – National Wildlife Federation

01-09-2017

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