#0323 Mormon Bar


#0323 Mormon Bar

Site information:

On small auxiliary rd on right, 500 ft SE of intersection of State Hwy 49 and Ben Hur Rd, 1.8 mi S of Mariposa

The directions given by the OHP seem to point to the site linked below.  Nothing historical remains at the site, as far as I know.


Plaque information:

Private plaque located at entrance to fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Road, just E of the 49.

37.463397, -119.947788

Plaque text:

Mormon Bar

In 1849, a group of Mormons established a tent encampment near here while searching for land to farm. After an influx of gold miners the Mormons moved on. Next came thousands of Chinese miners, merchants and farmers. Mormon Bar became the largest Chinese community in Mariposa County boasting a hotel, blacksmith shop, stores and gambling dens. Mormon Bar 1860 election returns reported the secession candidates defeated the union candidates 21 to 17. In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln received 11 votes in the Mormon precinct. Mormon Bar was an important stagecoach stop for travelers to and from Yosemite. Granite used in building the Mariposa jail was quarried near here. Archaeological evidence shows that Native Americans lived in the area long before the Mormons arrived.

Dedicated by Matuca Chapter No. 1849 E Clampus Vitus, June 21, 2003 -6008- Creo Quia Absurdum

Registered 7/12/1939