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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Museum Sponsored Estate Sale

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Oct 072019

Estate Sale October 18-19 at the Mariposa Museum
The Mariposa Museum will be hosting a sale from the estate of Bob and Ingrid Ringrose on October 18-19. Everything must go! The sale will be held on the Mariposa Museum Grounds from 9-4 on Friday and Saturday October18-19. Furniture, tools for cabinet making, blacksmithing, and photography equipment, musical instruments, recumbent bicycles(with electric power), and many household items will be available. Silent auction items with winning bids announced at 5 pm on Saturday October 19. Large items available for viewing prior to the sale (by appointment only). Photos may be viewed here. The museum is located at 5119 Jessie Street in Mariposa.

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