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 History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite Valley

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Apr 112019

Exhibit Grand Opening on Friday April 5
Photo by Josh Fengel

A History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite Valley

An exhibit and speaker series featuring a History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite Valley is in full swing at the Mariposa Museum and History Center. The exhibit, originally scheduled to run through June, will be open through the Summer. The exhibit includes artifacts from some of the most iconic first ascents of climbing in Yosemite Valley.

The Mariposa Chamber attended the grand opening and a ribbon cutting ceremony kicked things off, followed by a standing room only presentation by local climber and tourism business owner, Ken Boche. Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company sponsored the event, and approximately 80 people were in attendance. The next speaker will be Glen Denny, well-known for his climbing achievements and as an iconic photographer, on May 4 at 6 pm. Gary Colliver, writer Chris Van Leuven, and other speakers from major first ascents and milestones of Yosemite Valley rock climbing history will be some of the speakers featured in the series. For more information, contact the Mariposa Museum at (209) 966-2924 or follow the Mariposa Museum and History Center on Facebook to stay updated on event dates and times.

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