Ridleys Ferry

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Ridleys Ferry

County:

Mariposa

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Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)

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Ridleys Ferry, later Benton Mills, is a former settlement in Mariposa County, California. It was located on the south bank of the Merced River, opposite the settlement of Bagby.

Remains:

It was on the Rancho Las Mariposas, an 1844 Mexican land grant acquired in 1847 by John C. Frémont. During the California Gold Rush Frémont built a stamp mill at Ridleys Ferry, and renamed it Benton Mills in honor of his father-in-law Senator Thomas Hart Benton.

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Remarks:

Thomas E. Ridley operated a ferry across the Merced River at the site from 1850 to 1852. The settlement endured during the 1850s and 1860s.