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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Mariposa Farm & Ranch Tour

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Aug 102017

Mariposa Farm & Ranch Tour

Saturday September 30th, 2017

Welcome Friends of Agriculture,

Drive through rural Mariposa County during harvest time. The rolling Sierra Foothill foliage is vibrant. There are 6 locations which offer working agricultural settings, stewardship of our natural resources, art, history, fresh food, workshops and family fun.

We hope you will join us for a great day of exploring our diverse county where agricultural and nature preservation combine to safeguard ourrural community.

Happy Trails,
The Committee

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