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Historic Coulterville


Visiting the historic town of Coulterville is akin to stepping back in time. An authentic Gold Rush town (State Historic Landmark No. 332) that started when Sam Coulter founded a tiny store in the middle of a miner’s tent camp back in 1849, the town grew and withstood three major fires and a major flood before its 50th birthday.

Instead of drying up at the end of the Gold Rush, as so many other boomtowns did, the site’s focus on hard-rock mining, then early tourism to Yosemite kept the town alive. Many of its 1800s era buildings, and its historic cemetery, are still in use today.

Discover the community’s rich and storied history at the Northern Mariposa County History Center (also known as the Coulterville Museum) at 10301 Hwy. 49 in Coulterville.

For a truly immersive Coulterville experience, spend a few hours at one of the town’s annual events, such as a museum gala, Easter egg hunt, a western hoedown, Halloween Trunk or Treat, an all-day Christmas celebration or the largest event, CoyoteFest.

Coulterville Events

Visitors from around the world are always amazed at the warm and welcoming reception they get when attending Coulterville’s old-fashioned community gatherings.

The social calendar kicks off in February with Northern Mariposa County History Center’s Gala Reopening. This year’s event, All Aboard to Coulterville, took place on Feb. 6, and the museum resumed its regular 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours on Feb. 10.

The museum also presents its Roses of Coulterville walking tour in the spring that highlights the town’s unique and historic roses. This year’s tour will be at 10 a.m. on April 23.

For more information about the museum and its events, visit or call (209) 878-3015.

Coulterville Community Club’s Easter Egg Hunt is a popular activity for families. Held at Coulterville Park on Easter morning, this event is open to all children ages 1 to 12 and registration is not required.

With summertime comes an old-fashioned Independence Day. Celebrate it at Coulterville’s annual Deep Pit Barbecue at noon on Saturday, July 2, in Coulterville Park. Organized by the local Fire Brigade and crew of Station 26, this event includes live music and old-fashioned games.

Perhaps Coulterville is best know for CoyoteFest, its annual fall festival. Join in the family fun on Sept. 24. The popular event includes a parade, car show, the 34th annual Coyote Howl Contest, live bands, vendors and games.

For more information, visit coulterville

In October, local merchants organize Trunk or Treat held on or shortly before Halloween. Children trick or treat at local businesses and from the trunks of vehicles parked downtown.

The year caps off with Christmas in Coulterville on the third Saturday of December. This day-long event includes Santa’s arrival, a parade, holiday shopping and a free community dinner.

For more information about Coulterville’s annual events and community fundraisers, visit the Coulterville Facebook page:

– Submitted by Dale Silverman

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