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For Immediate Release: 9/22/2014

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Susan Okey



Coloma, CA.–Marshall Gold Discovery State Park will host a weekend celebration focused on California’s rich Gold Rush history. The event will take place on Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is open to all visitors.

Visitors will get to experience life in the 1850’s through hands-on participation in gold panning, children’s games, letter writing, gambling, candle dipping, rope making, tin punching, and wagon loading, among other activities.

In addition, Tent Town will have an exciting gallery of images and sounds associated with various Gold Rush activities, such as timber framing, blacksmithing, spinning, and cooking. There will also be 1850’s music and characters in period costumes, as well as a re-telling of James Marshall’s discovery of gold.

A Beards and Bonnets Parade will be held each morning of the event at 10:00 a.m., and winners will be selected on Sunday.  

“Coloma Gold Rush Live” is presented by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Gold Discovery Park Association. Parking is $8 per vehicle. For more information, please call (530) 622-3470.


Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is located in Coloma, on Hwy. 49, between Placerville and Auburn, only one hour from Sacramento.

Note: No dogs will be allowed in the event except service dogs.  


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