What are you doing this weekend? Visiting historic Mariposa
Mariposa, known as a gateway community to Yosemite National Park, is a destination in its own right. If you're headed to the park but want a break to head back to civilization, this Gold Rush town in the Sierra foothills has museums, a historic courthouse and a quaint downtown full of shops, restaurants and hotels. It's 290 miles north of Los Angeles but a world away.
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Mariposa( Mike Morris )
A sign outside the county courthouse, built in 1854, boasts that this is "California's oldest seat of justice still in use." The courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was once photographed by Ansel Adams. "The courtroom, scene of many famous legal battles, civil and criminal, remains the same as in pioneer days, with the original seats, tables and judge's bench," the wooden sign says. A separate stone sign, topped with quartz (you can see it in the center of the photo), can be found in front of the courthouse doors.