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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMV6G_coulterville-hotel_Coulterville-CA.html
The original rock building was built by Thomas and Caroline McCarthy as a private home. Upon completion of the building, they placed a cornerstone with the date of 1852. Eventually, the property was leased to Percy Davis who converted the home int…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMUPM_coulterville-toll-road_Coulterville-CA.html
"This was the first road into Yosemite Valley. Originally a county road it became a toll road and later again a county road. Opened in 1874 as an improved toll road, it has served continuously since that time. Beginning in 1956, the Northern Calif…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMQE5_bear-valley_Mariposa-CA.html
First called Johnsonville: Bear Vally had a population of 3,000 including Chinese, Cornish and Mexicans during 1850-60 when Col. John C Fremont's Pine Tree and Josephine mines were producing. Fremont's elegant hotel "Oso House", built with lumber …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMQE4_hornitos_Hornitos-CA.html
Welcome to one of the most famous ghost towns of the 1800's. Hornitos is Spanish for "Little Ovens". It got its name from the above ground graves that were shaped like little cooking ovens used in Mexico. During this time, population was about 15,…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMPVS_indian-gulch_Catheys-Valley-CA.html
Indian Gulch was one of the earliest settlements in Mariposa County. Originally called Santa Cruz. The town adapted the new name when the post office opened as another Santa Cruz already existed. James Morton was the first postmaster. During its h…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMPVR_mariposa-museum-and-history-center_Mariposa-CA.html
The first meeting of the Mariposa County Historical Society was held April 14, 1957. In 1958 the museum was established at the Historic Masonic Lodge located nearby. In December 1969, Judge Thomas and Katherine Coakley donated the land to Marip…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM5QP_site-of-savages-trading-post_El-Portal-CA.html
Here in 1849, James D. Savage, established a store built of logs. He engaged in trading and mining and married several squaws for protection and influence. In spring of 1850, fearing Indian depredations, he moved to Mariposa Creek. In December, hi…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM3GW_bear-valley_Mariposa-CA.html
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 R…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM3GV_bagby_Mariposa-CA.html
From a vista point near the 1,156 long, 130 foot high bridge, completed in 1966, the site of Bagby lies east under, and sometimes exposed beside, the back waters of Lake McClure. Bagby's history passed through three definite development eras. From…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM3GU_whistling-billy_Coulterville-CA.html
This eight-ton, short-wheel base, wood burning locomotive, built by the H. K. Porter Co. of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, was delivered to the Merced Mining Company of Coulterville in 1897. All of "Billy's" active life was spent hauling gold-bearing qu…
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