Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma

Categories: State Parks, History Museums, Museums, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River in the valley the Nisenan Indians knew as Cullumah. This event led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere and was the spark that ignited the spectacular growth of the West during the ensuing decades. The gold discovery site, located in the still visible tailrace of Sutter's sawmill, in present day Coloma California, is one of the most significant historic sites in the nation.

James W. Marshall found shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building for himself and John Sutter. This discovery in 1848 changed the course of California's and the nation's history. See a replica of the original sawmill and over 20 historic buildings including mining, house, school, and store exhibits.

Visitors have the opportunity to try panning for gold in the American River and enjoy hikes and picnics under the riparian oak woodlands. Overlooking the beautiful river canyon, where the gold discoverer rests today, see California's first historic monument, the statue of James Marshall pointing at his gold discovery site .
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  • My wife and I recently visited the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and enjoyed the experience very much. It includes the historic site of Sutter's Mill as well as some original and restore...  read more »
  • If you're in the area, a visit to this historic state park is a must! Be sure to spend the $3 to take a walking guided hour tour. Our guide, Norm, was excellent. The day we were there was a beautiful ...  read more »
  • We visited the weekend of Gold Rush Days, much to our surprise - what a great experience. Between all of the "period" people and activities they had going on, we learned so much about California's his...  read more »
  • It is a nice and mostly quiet Park, at least the day we were there. There is lots to see, including Sutters Mill, circa 1849. Little stores from the original time of the settlement. There are places to swim, hike and plenty of places to picnic.
  • A nice little historical park, with a small museum. Bring a lunch and picnic by the American River, watching the rafters and kayakers float by. Usually parking is sufficient, except on the busiest days when school groups or such are visiting.
  • This was not on our original trip itinerary. We were trying to get a good grouping of Northern California activities and this one just got popped in. My 14 and 10 year old boys forgot all about electronics and caught gold fever. Several days later they are still recounting every part of their visit to this park.
  • sooooo beautiful omggggggggg
  • One of my favorite places to go. This was the site of the gold discovery in California. A very important part of California history. Just imagine miners coming from all over the world looking for gold and it will blow you away.
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