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
Mormon Bar is located in the US
Mormon Bar
Mormon Bar
Mormon Bar (the US)
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
CountryUnited States
CountyMariposa 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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