THE MARIPOSA HISTORY CENTER & MUSEUM
he Mariposa Museum and History Center building houses one of the finest collections of historical
artifacts in the state.
Iinside the Center, history comes to life in award winning displays.
On the grounds surrounding the History Center are numerous displays and exhibits including a bark teepee, various kinds of mining equipment, historic buildings and a working stamp mill!THE STAMP MILL
This is an arrastra. An animal, usually a mule or burro, would be fastened
to the log. It then would walk in circles around the arrastra, which would cause the grinding of the stones that had been placed in it.
Then the powdered stone would be washed and worked (either by pan or gold sluice) for gold.
mock-up of a MiWok
(the Native Americans of the area) village can also be found on the
History Center grounds.
The traditional dwellings are painstakingly
made from tree bark.
Inside the History Center can be found photos and various examples of MiWok baskets.
The Counts Home (on the left) can be found next to the old Mariposa Gazette building. Both historic buildings were moved from their original site to the History Center. Who knows? You may be lucky enough to see Mrs. Counts as she has, on occasion, been known to entertain visitors in her home.
For more information on the History Center, including dates and times of operation, you may call them at: (209) 966-2924