The Sierra’s Masterpiece

California’s gold rush inadvertently led to the discovery of the Sierra Nevada’s masterpiece: the Big Tree. Soon after the 1848 gold discovery, brothers John and Daniel Murphy, both teenagers when they had entered California in 1844 with the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Party, worked their way up the Stanislaus Continue reading The Sierra’s Masterpiece

Mariposa County Then & Now

Mariposa Cnty - Monarch ButterflyOrganized in 1850 as one of the original 27 California counties, Mariposa was the largest county in geographical terms, with an area of about 30,000 square miles covering one-fifth of the state. It included most of present-day Mono and Inyo counties, all of present-day Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern Continue reading Mariposa County Then & Now