Mormon Bar, California

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Mormon Bar
Unincorporated community
Mormon Bar, South View, Mariposa County (61948).jpg
Mormon Bar is located in California
Mormon Bar
Mormon Bar
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°27′44″N 119°56′53″W / 37.46222°N 119.94806°W / 37.46222; -119.94806Coordinates: 37°27′44″N 119°56′53″W / 37.46222°N 119.94806°W / 37.46222; -119.94806
Country United States
State California
County Mariposa County
Elevation[1] 1,772 ft (540 m)
Reference no. 323[2]

Mormon Bar is an unincorporated community in Mariposa County, California.[1] It is located 2 miles (3.2 km) south-southeast of Mariposa,[3] at an elevation of 1772 feet (540 m).[1] Mormon Bar is located near State Route 49.

A standalone house at Mormon Bar

It was settled during the California Gold Rush. Mormons occupied the place during the winter of 1849/50.[3] It was first mined by members of the Mormon Battalion in 1849. They did not stay very long, and other miners came and occupied the site.

At one time there was a significant Chinese presence there.

Mormon Bar is California Historical Landmark #323.[2]

It is somewhat of a ghost town, and is listed on many maps and ghost town travel guides as such.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mormon Bar, California
  2. ^ a b "Mormon Bar". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 805. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 

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