There are nuggets of history around every corner in Yosemite Mariposa County! From charming Gold Rush-era towns that still exist today to Yosemite National Park, there is a vein of timeless wonder that runs through this great community.
The ways to experience our rich history are endless. A walk-through old town Mariposa evokes thoughts of swinging doors that lead into saloons and horse-drawn wagons carrying miners and their bullion. A step into our museums details our Gold Rush history that led to the establishment of Mariposa County and its towns. You’ll get a peek into a time when the west was still wild.
We want to provide a portal to this history directly to you through our “Mariposa Gold” video series. This ongoing project will mine the countless stories about people, places and artifacts that make our history so robust.
Explore fascinating items from our museums, learn about special historical locations, and hear about the fascinating stories of the pioneers who settled our area. These videos serve as a virtual expedition for what you can experience first-hand when you visit.
A visit to the California Mining and Mineral Museum is truly worth its weight in gold for its fascinating insights into the CA geology that has shaped so much of the state’s history. If nothing else, be sure to stop in to view the largest mass of crystalline gold – 13.8 pounds.
African American soldiers, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, played an important role in the early protection of National Parks like Yosemite.
The postcard-pretty hamlet of Fish Camp is located just two miles from Yosemite National Park’s South Gate in Mariposa County, making it the closest town to any of Yosemite’s entrances.