There is still gold in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, in historic Mariposa. This is where explorers John C. Fremont and Kit Carson found the rich Mariposa Vein and opened the first mill to crush ore and extract gold in California. View the official state of California mineral collection.
Step back in time with this escape in the Sierras. Start your leisurely tour at the Hilmar Cheese Factory Visitor Center and sample some of the best cheese in California. Then "all aboard" the Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad. Strike gold at the California State Mining & Mineral Museum and Mariposa Museum & History Center.
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