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Historic Mariposa County Jail

A portion of Mariposa County’s history is represented in its Old Stone Jail building at 5012 Bullion St.

Mariposa County’s first recorded jail facility was built in 1852 with timber from the surrounding forest, and destroyed by an 1858 fire that burned the south end of Mariposa.

A new two-story stone jail was built in 1858, constructed of 24-inch granite blocks from a nearby quarry. It changed little over the years. After a fire gutted the building in 1892, the top floor was removed.

In 1963, the old stone jail was condemned and replaced by a facility near the courthouse.

Tours of the historic jail are available. For tour information, call the Mariposa County Visitor Center: (209) 966-2456.

Mariposa County Courthouse

The historic Mariposa County Courthouse at 5088 Bullion St. is California’s oldest court of law and the oldest courthouse in continuous use west of the Rockies.

Constructed in 1854, the Greek Revival-style structure was built with materials from nearby forests. It has served as the seat of county government since 1854 and is No. 670 in the California Historical Landmarks listings.

At one time the Mariposa Courthouse served one-fifth of California citizens. The county encompassed what is now the counties of Fresno, Merced, Madera, Mono, Tulare, Kings, Inyo, Kern and into Ventura.

For more information on the courthouse, call the Mariposa County Visitor Center: (209) 966-2456.Mariposa Certified

Farmers Market

Mariposa’s Certified Farmers Market, sponsored by Kiwanis, is the place to go for a great variety of locally grown certified organic produce, nuts, honey and jellies, fresh flowers, organic beauty and wellness products, baked goods and homemade soaps.

The market starts its season in late May/early June and runs through late October. Visit the market at the bottom of 6th Street between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information and updates, check the Certified Farmers Market Facebook page:

County Fair

Since 1939, the Mariposa County Fair has been providing family fun to residents of Mariposa and surrounding communities.

This old-fashioned fair features exhibits, demonstrations, rodeo, entertainment, dances, carnival, midway rides, horse show, petting zoo, livestock, agricultural events, displays, demonstrations, destruction derby and food vendors.

The fair also supports FFA and 4-H projects. Students show and auction off their projects, learning more than just caring for farm animals. Displays include cooking, sewing, crafts and photography.

A highlight of Saturday’s events is the Destruction Derby on Saturday night, and Sunday evening starts with the crowning of the Rodeo Queen followed by the rodeo.

The 2016 fair will be held Sept. 2-5. All tickets go on sale June 1 and can be purchased at the fairgrounds or by phone with a credit card. Call (209) 966-2432 for tickets. For more information, visit

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