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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
The actual spot where James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848
Map showing the location of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Location Coloma, California, USA
Nearest city Placerville, California
Coordinates [1]
Area 576 acres (233 ha)
Established 1942
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation
Official name Marshall Monument[2]
Reference no. 143
Official name Gold Discovery Site[3]
Reference no. 530

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)[2] and the actual spot where he first discovered gold in 1848 (#530).[3] Established in 1942,[4] the park now comprises 576 acres (233 ha).[5]


  • Features 1
  • History 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The entire route of California State Route 153 lies within the park, and allows visitors to drive to the top of the hill where the monument to James W. Marshall stands. The Gold Discovery Museum features gold-rush-era exhibits including mining equipment, horse-drawn vehicles, household implements and other memorabilia. The American River Nature Center, operated by the American River Conservancy, features murals of local wildlife, hands-on exhibits, animal mounts and live small animals.


In 1886 the members of the

  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
  • Gold Discovery Park Association
  • American River Nature Center

External links

  1. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). USGS. 1981-01-19. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Marshall Monument". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Gold Discovery Site". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  4. ^ "Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park" (PDF). California State Parks. 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  5. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks. p. 20. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ "El Dorado". California State Parks. 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Honored at Last - James Marshall". County of El Dorado. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Marshall Monument". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 


See also

On May 1, 2012, park employee Suzie Matin discovered two pieces of the Sutter's Mill meteorite (SM14 @ 11.5 grams) right in her front yard.


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