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California Gold Country: Hornitos

Travel Portfolio by B+U Steinmueller

Before our short visit in Yosemite a friend at our local photo dealer pointed us to Hornitos (near Mariposa). On our way back from the Merced cascades

Merced Cascades

we took a detour through the Mariposa Gold Country.

A couple of weeks ago the wildflowers were probably at their peek but even today we loved the scenery. Fortunately we also had a light overcast during our detour.


On our way to Hornitos (Bear Valley Road) we found houses that felt like the Wild West:

Gold Country Living


Hornitos was a gold mining camp:

Hornitos History

Kind of interesting is that Hornitos had:

  • the first Wells Fargo Bank
  • a Ghirardelli chocolate production

Near the original Wells Fargo Bank


Hornitos Door


Ghirardelli Ruins


Hornitos Door


Gas Pump


Hornitos Door

This was our first visit to the Mariposa Gold Country. The rolling hills with many beautiful oak trees, the magnificent wildflowers and towns like Hornitos make the Gold Country worth a travel. We will come back to find more.






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