The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 66
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Cumberland at Nashville, and is navigable at all times. At an
expense of two hundred thousand dollars a splendid Levee has
been built around the city, water is plentifully supplied, and gas
works are now in p [r]ogress of erection.
Leaving Sacramento you pass through several little towns and
arrive at Stockton - thense you strike the mining districts, where
the whole dry beds of streams have been turned completely over
from two to seven feet deep. Occasionally a small settlement of
miners' camps appear and disappear as the coach whirls thro'.
The road from Stockton to Mariposa is excedingly rough and
hilly, and no other people except Californians would have though [t]
of surveying a line of coaches th [r] ough so new and wild a country.
Mariposa (Butterfly) is anything else but a butterfly. Neither
is there anything about it that p [r]oduces as much pleasure as the
sight of one of those little insects.
Mariposa, the county seat of the county of the same name, is
situated on the abrupt side of a mountain and between two; there
is room enough at the foot of the town for the Mariposa river to
run, when it does run; the greater part of the year there is not a
particle of water in it. The appearance of the entire bed indicates
the p[r]esence of the precious metals, being of bluish slate stone.
Population is about three or four hundred, three, fourth of whom
are males. Buildings are of wood, with the exception of about two
or three; a supply [of] water is got from the numerous private
wells. There is now a p[r]oject on foot to supply the town and
mining interest from the Merced river, distant fifteen miles.
JAMES G. BELL.
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