Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

The world stampeded to California Gold Country soon after James W. Marshall found shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building for himself and John Sutter on the American River near what is now Coloma.

This discovery in 1848 changed the course of history.  A replica of the original sawmill and more 20 historic buildings form the centerpiece of today's park, while hiking trails run along the riverbanks and loop up into the hills.

Spring and fall are the prettiest times to visit. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the Monument or Monroe Ridge Trails.

Throughout the year, the park provides daily interpretive programs at the sawmill replica. Special events, exhibits and "Living History Days" occur regularly throughout the year.

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