Mount Bullion, Mariposa County, California

Mount Bullion (formerly, Princeton and La Mineta)[2] is an unincorporated community in Mariposa County, California.[1] It is located 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Bear Valley,[2] at an elevation of 2152 feet (656 m).[1]

Mount Bullion
Gold on quartz, Mockingbird Mine near Mt. Bullion
Mount Bullion
Location in California
Mount Bullion
Mount Bullion (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°30′26″N 120°02′42″W
CountryUnited States
CountyMariposa County
Elevation2,152 ft (656 m)

A post office operated at Mount Bullion from 1862 to 1955, with a closure for a period during 1887.[2] The place was first named La Mineta (for little mine).[2] Then it was called Princeton for the Princeton Mine nearby.[2] Finally, the name Mount Bullion was applied in honor of Senator Thomas Hart Benton, whose nickname was "Old Bullion" due to his fiscal policies.[2]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mount Bullion, Mariposa County, California
  2. Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 806. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.

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