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Apr 17

Important Questions About Cultural History And Community Character

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM by Brian Foucht

1. What are your favorite places in Midpines?

2. What do you think are important historical aspects of Midpines?

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1.   Mariposa History Museum http://mariposamuseum.com/
2.  CA State Parks Mining and Mineral Museum http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=588
3.  John Muir Geotourism Center http://johnmuir.us/contacts.html
4.  Mariposa Arts Council http://www.mariposaartscouncil.org/


Ron Loya
October 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM
Historic site inventory items should include pre-history Native American, Gold Rush era settlement, and post 1920 tourism sites. Examples would be creek side grinding stone areas, mine tailings (both placer and hard rock) and existing structures, and buildings associated with the founding of Midpines (formerly called the settlement of Bear Creek).
Anne Brock
October 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM
I've always wondered what the borders of MidPines are; is there a good map? I'm off E. Whitlock (off Paddy Hill Road) and don't know if I would be considered MidPines or not.
Brian Foucht
October 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM
Hi Anne Brock - I have placed a link to the current Midpines Community Plan Study Area on the blog page immediately above this one (Midpines Conversation About A Community Plan - An Introduction) under "useful information". This is for study purposes, and the actual boundary will be selected as part of the Community Plan process. I hope you will be able to come to the Community Forum covering Midpines preservation, growth and development this Saturday, November 2 at the Midpines Community Center on Hwy 140, from 9 am through noon. - Brian
Margaret Judkins
November 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM
My husband is third generation Midpines and fortunately his grandfather took many photos of the area, including mines. Would be more than happy to sent copies if you need for the history.
Brian Foucht
November 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Hi Margaret - that would wonderful! I bet some others connected with the Mining Museum would like to see those as well, so perhaps we can arrange to get together? Can you send me your contact information to: bfoucht@mariposacounty.org?
Nancy Parke
November 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM
It would be good to identify the early Native American settlements. I believe Oak Road was the earliest road into the area (per the 1897 USGS map at Berkeley).
don fox
December 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Midpines cultural history and historical community character should be used as a baseline for evaluating future development and improvements; especially along the Hwy 140 "scenic" corridor.
Gary Francisco
December 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM
Anyone interested in early Midpines history and development will enjoy a fifty-five page publication by Ron Loya, "A Vistor's Guide To the History Of Midpines". The publication includes many early photographs of the area and is an intresting and informative read. It is available at the Mariposa History Center and Museum, or from Ron directly.
Mandy Vance
March 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM
I enjoy the privacy and solitude that living in Midpines offers; it is one of the reasons I love living here. Another is the close proximity to Mariposa, the Bug Hostel, Briceburg and the Park. However, I would like to see more connectivity options between these various areas without driving my car. For instance, I would love to have a bike/walking trail between Mariposa, Midpines and the Bug Hostel and/or Briceburg--I do a lot of road-based bicycling, but it would be nice to have a quieter, more scenic option too.
Brian Foucht
April 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Thank you for your comment Mandy!

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