You'll find a warm welcome and small town friendliness in the town of Mariposa!
- Mariposa Museum and History Center
- Gold Rush mining tunnel
- 1858 old stone jail
- Butterfly Creek and Winery Vineyards
The town of Mariposa, first settled in 1849, is the southernmost in the Gold Rush chain of towns. The streets follow the original street grid laid out by John C Fremont in 1850. Several disastrous early fires convinced settlers to rebuild with stone, brick and adobe. Consequently, many of today’s existing structures in the historic downtown had been built by the late 1850s, with most of the remaining ones completed by 1900. Because they have always been in use, the old buildings haven’t had to be restored or recreated.
Change has come gracefully to Mariposa. You won’t see vintage stage coaches nor actors in period costumes roaming the streets, not even a simulated gun fight. But you also won’t see strip malls or chain stores, and Mariposa remains one of a handful of California towns with nary a stop light.
Feeling the Old West
Feel the old West as you stroll up the historic main street on the wooden sidewalks or take a tour of the 1854 court house, the oldest court house west of the Rockies still in continuous operation. Experience the old days in the exhibits at the Mariposa Museum and History Center, named one of the best small museums in America by the Smithsonian Institute.
Explore the treasures of Yosemite National Park.
Discover mining camps and ghost towns, world-class fishing and fine dining!
Take in soaring valley views and first-class stargazing from a 3,200 foot perch.
Feel tiny beside giant sequoias, the planet's largest living organisms.