Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, CA Photos

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is on the South Fork of the American River where, in 1848, James Marshall discovered gold flakes in the stream bed triggering the California Gold Rush. The Park recreated the site of the discovery and contains historic buildings of the town of Coloma.

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View of river & woods at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Reconstruction of Sutter's sawmill that James Marshall was building when he discovered gold at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Reconstruction of Sutter's sawmill that James Marshall was building when he discovered gold at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Plaque marking the old Coloma Road used by James Marshall in 1848 to carry news of gold discovery & later used by thousands of miners going to diggings; road became California's first stage-line in 1849 at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
View of river & woods at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Reconstruction of Sutter's sawmill that James Marshall was building when he discovered gold at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Reconstruction of Sutter's sawmill that James Marshall was building when he discovered gold at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Plaque marking the old Coloma Road used by James Marshall in 1848 to carry news of gold discovery & later used by thousands of miners going to diggings; road became California's first stage-line in 1849 at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Landscape around at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Tailrace at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Ponderosa pine tree at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Bark of ponderosa pine tree at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Landscape around at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Tailrace at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Ponderosa pine tree at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Bark of ponderosa pine tree at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Close up of bark on ponderosa pine tree at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Landscape view with ponderosa pines at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Statue erected in memory of James Marshall who discovered gold in 1848 at Sutter's sawmill at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Statue of James Marshall who discover gold at Sutter's sawmill in 1848 at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Close up of bark on ponderosa pine tree at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Landscape view with ponderosa pines at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Statue (1890) erected in memory of James Marshall who discovered gold in 1848 at Sutter's sawmill at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Statue of James Marshall who discover gold at Sutter's sawmill in 1848 at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Base of the James Marshall monument at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Logging tools on base of James Marshall statue at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Ponderosa pines & tailrace scene carved on base of James Marshall monument at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Cabin erected by James Marshall where he lived from 1856-79 at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Base of the James Marshall monument at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Logging tools on base of James Marshall statue at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Ponderosa pines & tailrace scene carved on base of James Marshall monument at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Cabin erected by James Marshall where he lived from 1856-79 at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Interior of James Marshall's cabin at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Chapel at Saint John's cemetery at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Saint John's cemetery which dates from 1850's at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Tomb stone dated 1870 in Saint John's cemetery at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Interior of James Marshall's cabin at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Chapel at Saint John's cemetery at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Saint John's cemetery which dates from 1850's at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Tomb stone dated 1870 in Saint John's cemetery at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Main St. Coloma CA at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Coloma CA Post Office on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Monroe House & General Blacksmithing & Horseshoeing building on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.General Blacksmithing & Horseshoeing building on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Main St. Coloma CA (Route 49) at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Coloma CA Post Office on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Monroe House (1925) & General Blacksmithing & Horseshoeing building on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.General Blacksmithing & Horseshoeing building on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Blacksmithing demonstration at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Blacksmithing demonstration at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Blacksmithing docent at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Robert Bell's store, formerly U.S. Post Office, made of brick for fire resistance on Main St., at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Blacksmithing demonstration at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Blacksmithing demonstration at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Blacksmithing docent at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Robert Bell's store, formerly U.S. Post Office, made of brick for fire resistance on Main St., at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Restored Coloma Schoolhouse at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Papini House on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Kane House at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Weller House on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Restored Coloma Schoolhouse (c1915) at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Papini House (c1891) on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Kane House (1886) at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Weller House (c1856 & earlier) on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Former Coloma Post Office used from 1930's to 1949) on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Bekeart Gun Shop on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Coloma Greys armory, local volunteer militia company until 1862 & later a carriage house for Weller House on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Gold Trail Grange at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Former Coloma Post Office (early 1930's) used from 1930's to 1949) on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Bekeart Gun Shop (1849) on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Coloma Greys armory, local volunteer militia company until 1862 & later a carriage house for Weller House on Main St. at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Gold Trail Grange at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Miner's cabin at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Gold-ore stamp mill crushing machines at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Trestle bridge across South Fork American River at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Trestle bridge across South Fork American River at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Miner's cabin at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Gold-ore stamp mill crushing machines at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Trestle bridge across South Fork American River at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Trestle bridge across South Fork American River at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Native wigwam of bark at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Wagon wheel at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Wagon collection at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Replica of Mormon Cabin used by members of Mormon Battalion who helped construct Sutter's Mill at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Native wigwam of bark at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Wagon wheel at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Wagon collection at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Replica of Mormon Cabin (1847) used by members of Mormon Battalion who helped construct Sutter's Mill at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Interior of Mormon Cabin at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Log cabin at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Wah Hop Chinese store at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Museum at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Coloma, CA.
Interior of Mormon Cabin at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Log cabin at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Wah Hop Chinese store at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Museum at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Coloma, CA.
Diorama of James Marshall discovering gold in 1848 in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.James Marshall photo in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Items which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Milk pail which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Diorama of James Marshall discovering gold in 1848 in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.James Marshall photo in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Items which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Milk pail which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Batea which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Cribbage board which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Mirror in horse shoe which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Hand mirror, carpenter's compass, pocket watch & potato masher which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Batea (gold pan) which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Cribbage board which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Mirror in horse shoe which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Hand mirror, carpenter's compass, pocket watch & potato masher which belonged to James Marshall in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Diorama of Marshall & Sutter attempting to stake the first gold discovery claim in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Gold nugget display in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Balance scales used for weighing gold in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Pottery crock labeled Sacramento CA in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Diorama of Marshall & Sutter attempting to stake the first gold discovery claim in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Gold nugget display in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Balance scales used for weighing gold in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Pottery crock labeled Sacramento CA in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Diorama of California Indian life in Coloma area in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Squirrel-proof native acorn protection storage basket at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Tools carried by California Indian hunters in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Cone shaped basket made by California Indians in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Diorama of California Indian life in Coloma area in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Squirrel-proof native acorn protection storage basket at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Tools carried by California Indian hunters in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Cone shaped basket made by California Indians in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.
Beads & other personal adornment used by California Indians in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Artist's rendering of Sutter's Mill after gold discovery in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.

Beads & other personal adornment used by California Indians in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.Artist's rendering of Sutter's Mill after gold discovery in museum at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA.


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