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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
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The World Rushed In
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 .
Come participate in tours or special events, see exhibits and "Living History Days" planned regularly throughout the year; contact the Gold Discovery Museum and Visitor Center for details. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is proud to now offer the Eureka Experience school and group programs, and gold panning lessons for park visitors.
Gold Discovery Tour
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is pleased to now offer visitors a guided walking tour! Come experience the Gold Discovery Tour. This tour will tell the story and view the sites of what The Coloma Valley was like before James Marshall's gold discovery, the events leading up to his incidental discovery, and the history of the California Gold Rush and town of Coloma. Tours are $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child.
We do not give tours on our event days including Second Saturday Living History Days, Coloma Gold Rush Live, Holiday Houses Christmas In Coloma, or Springtime In Coloma.
In the case of extreme weather, tours are subject to being cancelled for the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the public.
Any questions please call our museum at (530) 622-3470.
Living History Days at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
Every second Saturday of each month we offer our Living History days to visitors. The park will be filled with docents dressed in period clothing roaming the park or set up at stations for demonstrations. From rope making, to candle dipping, dutch oven cooking, sawmill wood workers and games from the past, you will feel like you have stepped back in the time!
Living History Day's are the second Saturday of each month from 10:00am-3:00pm. Due to extreme weather Living History Day's may be cancelled, please call the museum at (530) 622-3470 to check ahead of time.
Group Reservations 2014-2015
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School and Group Information
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.
The park is located in Coloma on Highway 49 between Placerville and Auburn.
Available Activities and Facilities at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
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Drinking Water Available