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Mariposa Gold: Our History in Yosemite Mariposa County

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.

Mariposa Museum and History Center: Fire Grenades


Have you ever heard of a fire grenade? No, not like the ones that start fires in the video games you or your children play. These had far less destructive purposes. Let Chris Allen, a docent and firefighter at the Mariposa Museum and History Center describe these ingenious fire extinguishers in this video.

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