Mariposa County GenWeb
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I am Martha and am the County Coordinator:
I live on the Central
Coast of California and will do my very best to answer Mariposa
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
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
Each year, the first weekend in May, residents mark the annual
arrival of migrating Monarch
a "Butterfly Days" festival and parade.
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The CAGW Administrative Team:
State Coordinator: Martha
A Crosley Graham
Assistant State Coordinators: Claire Martin & Joy Fisher
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Site Updated: 7 December 2013