Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma

#87 of 844 in Museums in California
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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  • Hard to believe we've camped all over California and not visited the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park until now. It not only has the exact site of the original gold discovery in California....  more »
  • This was a FUN HISTORY trip with our 11-year old grandson! He learned that "panning for gold" ain't so easy!! Take the time to: 1. Watch the short movie offered 2. Take a guided Tour 3. Take...  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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