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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

Divisions of Boating and Waterways, Historic Preservation and Off-Highway Vehicles


News Release


For Immediate Release: 11/16/2015

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Coloma’s Historic Holiday Houses 2015

Contact:

Susan Okey

Susan.Okey@parks.ca.gov

530.622.3470

 

Coloma, CA. – The public is invited to experience an old-fashioned Christmas at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Thirteen gold rush era historic houses at the park will be opened for tours on November 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Visitors will walk through and discover the history behind these historic houses with the help of interpreters dressed in period attire. James Marshall’s Cabin, Monroe House, Papini House, Noteware-Thomas House, and the churches are just a few to be presented on the tour. In addition, there will be activities such as wreath making, musicians, carolers, wagon rides and refreshments.

“Historic Holiday Houses” is presented by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Gold Discovery Park Association. Parking is $8 per vehicle. Event fee is $5 per person (ages 5 & under are free). No dogs will be allowed in the event except certified service dogs.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.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.

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