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Facts About Mariposa County

1.The three tallest waterfalls in North America:
   Yosemite Falls   2,425 feet
   Sentinel Fall   2,000 feet
   Ribbon Fall   1,612 feet
2.Oldest weekly newspaper in continuous publication - the Mariposa Gazette started in January 1854. It has never missed an issue.
3.Largest rock monolith in the United States - El Capitan 3,593 feet
4.Large portions of the road to the highest pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains - Tioga Pass - 9,945 feet.
5.The oldest County Court House in continuous use west of the Rockies - Mariposa County Court House - opened in 1854
6.America's largest canyon oak - the Jordan Oak - has a trunk diameter of 32.5 feet, then splits into 6 trunks rising 109 feet in the air. It's age is estimated to be between 300 and 500 years. This tree is located in Coulterville.
7.Largest County with no stop lights
8.Highest observation platform - Glacier Point - 7,214 feet above sea level and 3,214 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor. Can be enjoyed by everyone including wheelchair users.
9.Only county that has a mineral and a flower named after it: Mariposite (mineral) and the Mariposa Lily (flower).
10.Oldest ski area sill in use - Badger Pass California's original ski area.
11.John C Fremont (founding father) was the largest single land holder in the United States with 44,386 acres (purchased for $3,000 on February 10, 1847).
12.Mariposa County largest original geographic area. It was 30,000 square miles and is now 1,455 square miles (six complete counties and parts of five other counties were mapped out from the original land).
13.Mariposa County's Mount Bullion is home of the Princeton Mine. At various times it has been the largest producer in the state.
14.Hite's Cove Trail is known by flower experts to be the best place for wildflower viewing in the United States.
15.Only county named after an insect - Mariposa - Spanish for butterfly.
16.Oldest hotel owned by one family since 1881 - The Hotel Jeffery in Coulterville.
17.Oldest roses - Heritage Roses - so called because they were in existence before 1867. Located in Coulterville.
18.Highest known grade of Crystalline Gold still mined in Mariposa mines.
19.Most number of wildlife species:
   Mammals - 80
   Birds - 247
   Amphibians and Reptiles - 24
   Fish (6 species) - 10

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