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 Cedar Split Rail Fences

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Dec 202018



Huge Thank You to Blue Ridge Services.


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Mariposa Museum and History Center wish to thank Blue Ridge Services of Mariposa CA. for the very generous donation of their time and labor to provide the new cedar split rail fence material and install it on museum grounds. This is a wonderful example of the community supporting the community.


Museum and History Center Fence Construction

The Mariposa Museum and History Center had a fence that was old and rotted, so the BRS team donated wood harvested from our tree mortality projects and built them a new one!

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