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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Open today: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Fascinating history

Big historic park and a lot to see. That's were one of the biggest gold rush started and you learn... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Great sense of history

A very good stop to get the feel of what the Good Rush era was all about. The start of it all was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kerry K
Garden Valley, California
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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.
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310 Black Street, Coloma, CA 95613
+1 530-622-3470
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Big historic park and a lot to see. That's were one of the biggest gold rush started and you learn a lot about that as well as about the famous John A. Sutter whose traces you can find in a lot of other towns like...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very good stop to get the feel of what the Good Rush era was all about. The start of it all was right here in Coloma. Good museum with informed volunteers,and out door exhibits including equipment and buildings with the replica of Marshall's saw...More

Thank Kerry K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I’ve been here many times. The best visits were being here while a school or large group was visiting...it really brings the place to life. Otherwise it’s a nice park with river running through it.

Thank TravelinSuz
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very well maintained and managed by the California Parks employees. This place is well kept and very clean. There is a small fee for the visit/parking ($8), but even for a short visit - it's certainly worth it. There's a short video and museum at...More

Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed 13 August 2018

I had been looking forward to visiting this park for years and it more than met my expectations. I've always loved reading about the Gold Rush and all that it precipitated and visiting the site where it all began was very rewarding. The Visitor's Center...More

1  Thank Patricia J
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Neat place to spend a couple of hours especially if you are into history. You can take a gold panning lesson or actually try your luck in the river where it all began. Small plastic pans are available to purchase from the gift shop for...More

Thank MtnFlier
Reviewed 31 July 2018

My wife and I enjoyed walking around the downtown and reading all the placards outlining the history of Sutters Mill. It was enjoyable, but all outdoors and the temps were in the 100s...

Thank bushfamily
Reviewed 23 July 2018

A great place for the kiddos. They loved the museum and helpful staff who entertained them with interesting historical stories. The highlights were the black smith shop and the gold panning. My only caution is to take your own food. There’s only a coffee shop...More

1  Thank Nancy D
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Came here during the Coloma Gold Rush weekend. Volunteers were dressed in period clothing and talked about their life at that time. They showed candle-making, weaving, blacksmithing, gold panning, etc. Learned many interesting things such as: - People pay for a bath. It is most...More

Thank Scarlett711
Reviewed 4 July 2018

Excellent site on the discovery of gold in California and the history of that era. We started at the Gold History Museum for a great introduction to the site and the gold rush. It's a nice walk around the park to visit the outdoor mining...More

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23 March 2017|
Response from MarshallGoldDiscover | Property representative |
We used to be able to run the Mill daily on our tours (offered at 11am and 1pm). However the recent flooding from both January 2017 and February 2017 caused the water from the South Fork of the American River to spill over... More