Sutter's Fort SHP -- Hands on History: Mining the Miners!

Park: Sutter's Fort SHP

What: Hands on History:  Mining the Miners!

Where: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Midtown, Sacramento
When: Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time: Fort hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open daily)
 Cannon firing demonstrations:  11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
 Musket demonstrations periodically throughout the day  
Cost: $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 and under  

For More:Call 916-445-4422 or visit

As part of an ongoing focus to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Mining the Miners” event on Saturday, July 19.  "There’s gold in them thar hills!” was the cry that echoed around the world in 1849 and precipitated the largest unforced migration in the history of humanity.  People from everywhere descended on the lightly populated and ungoverned land of California and their primary destination was Sutter’s Fort before they headed for the hills in their quest for gold.  Sutter’s Fort was the last “civilized” place the new miners visited and the first place to which they returned for supplies, entertainment or, in many cases, disappointment.  Many of these miners were innocent adventurers and their “pokes” (bags of gold or valuables) became the target of nefarious traders, businessmen, and gamblers anxious to fetch easy money without having to wipe the sweat off their brows.  The most profitable game in town became “mining the miners.”  Fort visitors are invited to spend the day enjoying hands-on activities such as gold panning, parlor and card games (and other games of chance), Gold Rush-era bowling, “Pioneer dress-up Station” activities where families dress as pioneers (perfect for picture-taking!), and the opportunity to win “Sutter Bucks.”  In addition, there will be a display of guns and weapons from the Gold Rush era and demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.  Sutter’s Fort SHP is open daily and more information is available at 916-445-4422 or

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Event Dates

Saturday, July 19, 2014