Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
310 Back St.
Coloma, CA 95613
State Park: Birding, Fish, Hike, History, Picnic, Walk, Water Sports
James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River in the valley the Nisenan Indians knew as Cullumah. This event led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere and was the spark that ignited the spectacular growth of the west during the ensuing decades. The gold discovery site, located in the still visible tailrace of Sutter’s sawmill, in present day Coloma California, is one of the most significant historic sites in the nation.