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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New Access To Museums Patio Area

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Jul 132017

Major Improvement to Museum Grounds

We are proud to announce the completion of the new steps and retaining wall to enhance access to the museums patio area.

The projects was accomplished by the joint cooperation of the Museums Volunteer Crew and the concrete work by Sierra Masonry and materials supplied by County of Mariposa.

Project consisted of the removal of several dead trees. Old retaining wall and steps that were put in place many years ago using old railroad ties and were failing from old age.

Also included in project is a new “ground level” pathway from public sidewalk to patio area for those who may have difficulty accessing patio area via the steps.

[July 13, 2017]

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