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Mariposa County History
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Mariposa County was one of the original counties of California, created at the time of statehood in 1850. While it began as the state's largest county, over time territory that was once part of Mariposa was ceded to twelve other counties: Fresno, Inyo,Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Merced, Mono, San Benito, San Bernardino,San Luis Obispo, and Tulare. Thus, Mariposa County is known as the "Mother of Counties".
The county took its name from Mariposa Creek, which was so named by Spanish explorers in 1806, when they discovered a great cluster of butterflies ("mariposas" in Spanish and Portuguese) in the foothills of the Sierras. Each year, the first weekend in May, residents mark the annual arrival of migrating Monarch butterflies with a "Butterfly Days" festival and parade.