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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Open today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Walking tour was good

It's always more enjoyable to have someone explain it all to you than read the interpretive signs... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jim G
Angels Camp, California
Easy to visit right along Highway 49, and important California history.

The original California site of gold discovery is easy to visit right along Highway 49, and an... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Santa Cruz, 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 2 weeks ago

It's always more enjoyable to have someone explain it all to you than read the interpretive signs. The museum was good too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jim G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The original California site of gold discovery is easy to visit right along Highway 49, and an important part of California history. Activities vary according to season, with fully costumed character docents working to demonstrate old skills during the peak tourist periods, but also good...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great experience. We panned and easily found gold flakes. You can purchase a pan for $7 and storage vial $1 at the gift shop. Just don’t forget to pay the $8 self parking fee. Some dumb cheats who didn’t pay was given a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 15 December 2018

Came here with friends and parked about tenth of a mile (parking is $8). First we hiked and we took the climb up, a little over an hour then attended the village festivities. Lots of historical landmarks to along with storyboards, relics, and some foods...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

Visited during the Gold Rush Days weekend in October. Set in 1850, the event fills the whole park with period exhibits including blacksmith demonstrations, horse shoeing, yarn spinning and the like. Horse drawn wagons offer rides and there are vendors selling goods. Most of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rick G
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Admittedly I was travelling with a descendant of the Marshall family so my views on this place are a little rose-tinted but it is a wonderful place with a real sense of history. Standing on the banks of the American River and imagining what it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank coleben
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Really enjoyed our visit here from the UK. Interesting history and a chance to see where the Gold Rush began. We thoroughly enjoyed the gold panning experience for $7 (gold, garnets and fools gold) and were inspired to try our luck in the American River,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Steveky4
Reviewed 29 August 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank eva1500
Reviewed 27 August 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 585kerryk
Reviewed 22 August 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Ashleigh P
28 October 2018|
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Response from kmc11_11 | Reviewed this property |
We were there later in the day in mid-June, and temperatures were starting to rise. You are able to walk to most of the park, there are some trees for shade, and you are next to the river. We were there from about... More
22 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