Bear Valley

Bear Valley (HM3GW)

Location: Mariposa, CA 95338 Mariposa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 34.123', W 120° 7.132'

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Headquarters of Col. John C. Fremont, world-famous American, who, in 1847, purchased a floating Mexican grant of 44,000 acres for $3000. After gold was discovered, he floated his grant to include the Mother Lode gold belt from Mariposa to Merced River. After costly litigation, his title was confirmed by Supreme Court in 1859.

He worked his rich placers by grubstaking experienced Mexican miners before the influx of Americans and subsequently he opened up rich quartz mines, in 1851. He built a two story hotel and later a large store and his home, called "The White House". Horace Greeley visited here in 1859 and wrote "The colonel is now operating two stamp mills and netting $100,000 a year". In 1863, he sold his grant for $6,000,000.
HM NumberHM3GW
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 7:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 754457 N 4161867
Decimal Degrees37.56871667, -120.11886667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 34.123', W 120° 7.132'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 34' 7.38" N, 120° 7' 7.92" W
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Area Code(s)209
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7322 CA-49, Mariposa CA 95338, US
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