Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma

#87 of 846 in Museums in California
Must see · State Park · Landmark
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is a state park of California, United States, marking the discovery of gold by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in 1848, sparking the California Gold Rush. The park grounds include much of the historic town of Coloma, California, which is now considered a ghost town as well as a National Historic Landmark District. The park contains two California Historical Landmarks: a monument to commemorate James Marshall (#143) and the actual spot where he first discovered gold in 1848 (#530). Established in 1942, the park now comprises 576 acres (233 ha).
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  • This was such a fun place to go during Covid. They are loosening up at the state parks so the museum and gift shop were open too. This place is in original condition, so a lot of what you see is no....  more »
  • The historic park is open for day use from 8 AM until 8 PM. The Visitors Center, Museum and the historic buildings are closed but there is much to see and do in the park. On the day we visited, the...  more »
  • This place is always fun to visit and walk around. There are informational signs everywhere! Every time I go I learn something new. They even have an active blacksmith shop with someone on staff to educate folks and answer questions. It's really neat! They also have some little shops where you can stop and get snacks, food, cold/hot drinks, and ice cream! This State Park has so much history, it's really lovely.
  • The spot that caused the great gold rush of California and changed so much. Beautiful really river and small informative museum. So glad native Americans are mentioned. They were not treated well

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