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Marshall Gold Discovery at Coloma
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California

Perhaps the most momentous event in the history of California was the discovery of gold in the American River in 1848. James Marshall was building a sawmill for John Sutter when he discovered shining golden nuggets in the tailrace. News of the discovery spread and by 1849 the California Gold Rush was underway - the fabled 49'ers.

A substantial town grew up around Sutters Mill, the remnants of which are now preserved in a state historical park. A replica of the mill has been built, and a monument marks the actual location of the gold discovery.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Wikipedia: Coloma, California

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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California

Date photographed: June 13, 2012
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The actual gold discovery site, Sutters Mill on the American River at Coloma

The actual gold discovery site, Sutters Mill on the American River at Coloma

The actual gold discovery site, Sutters Mill on the American River at Coloma

Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2008
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Replica of Sutters Mill on the American River at Coloma

Replica of Sutters Mill on the American River at Coloma

Replica of Sutters Mill on the American River at Coloma

Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2008
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California

Date photographed: June 13, 2012
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Replica of the sawmill at Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Replica of the sawmill at Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Replica of the sawmill at Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2008
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California

Date photographed: June 13, 2012
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California

Date photographed: June 13, 2012
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California

Date photographed: June 13, 2012
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California

Date photographed: June 13, 2012
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California

Date photographed: June 13, 2012
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California

Date photographed: June 13, 2012
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