Brighter than Gold (Mariposa, California)

Brighter than Gold (Mariposa, California)

The Tale of 10,000 Cities proudly brings you the tale of Mariposa, California. This town located on the south end of the Mother Lode was built on gold, but stays alive today due to it’s strong community and connection to it’s history. When you think of the old west, you think of Mariposa, and there’s no mistake why it ended up being our longest video to date.

Join us as Carol E. Dewey hosts us at the Wisteria Arbors. Susan Posey welcomes us to the Sugar Pine Cafe and Travis Medlock and Melissa Takahashi feed us at Little Shop of Ramen. We visit the courthouse, the old jail, the farmer’s market, and St. Joseph’s church. Layla Meadows presents to us Mountain Fitness. We join Teresa Gross at Mariposa Shirts & Stuff and Miranda Fengel at Mariposa Museum & History Center Inc. Rowena Lubo and her husband Mark Garrett both speak to us about the importance of keeping your mind healthy and the safety of controlled burns and how it can prevent fires like the Creek Fire, and finally Jake Wackerman and Hanna Wackerman present 1850 Restaurant & Brewing Company with fantastic food and behind the scenes looks at the brewery.

This will be the longest episode in Season 1 of The Tale of 10,000 Cities but for the county seat of what used to be the biggest county in California, there’s a reason we needed to tell this story in the proper way and you’d be crazy to miss this one.

See Carol’s listings on Airbnb at the following link where you can stay at any of her fantastic rooms in Mariposa:

Big thanks go to the following channels who supplied content to this video:
UCCE Mariposa –
PaPa’s Page –
Cal Soul –
Scouts Out –

The following videos from the above channels were included in this project:

Credit to Jeremy Schultz for use of the thumbnail image, “Pot of Gold” under the Creative Commons License font added to original, black background added.

This video series is partly supported by Tripepi Smith, a provider of marketing, technology and public affairs consulting services to cities all across California. Learn more about how Tripepi Smith helps cities better communicate and engage with their residents and businesses at


  1. Glenn R. Frank on July 31, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Wow, very extensive overview of Mariposa. Thanks for producing it. I hope this video peeks the interest of people coming up to visit the town and help support the local economy as things "return to normal" some day. Even though this is a very long video with a lot of content, there is even more to see and do in and around Mariposa. We get to come up and visit regularly since my Parents live just a bit outside of town.

  2. Sherry Foster on July 31, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Outstanding and beautiful Paul ,Candace, Violet sure enjoying all this time traveling 🕊🕊🕊❤❤❤❤

  3. Scouts Out on July 31, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Great video, very informative. Such a neat little town with lots of history

  4. Charles Phillips on July 31, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Mariposa is Fabulous!!

  5. Darrel Stewart on July 31, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Great job showing the local Mariposa culture and history.

  6. Croatian Sensation on July 31, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Mariposa is a wonderful gem of a town. The people are very warm and friendly, and you feel like you are home there simply as a visitor. Thank you for staying true to our rich mining history and California cultural heritage. I am honored to have been there and plan to visit again soon :O)

  7. Eamon Fluharty on July 31, 2021 at 12:50 am

    I live their it’s great come visit

  8. Ishrak Haider on July 31, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Is mariposa , California safe for living? How is the crime rate? And how is the costing?

  9. Dianna Stockwell on July 31, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Well done! Thank you so much for coming to our little town and making it a part of your series.

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