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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Open today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Well worth the visit

Visited during the Gold Rush Days weekend in October. Set in 1850, the event fills the whole park... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2018
Rick G
Sacramento, California
Quiet, Beautiful and Full Of History

Admittedly I was travelling with a descendant of the Marshall family so my views on this place are... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Eastry, United Kingdom
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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Reviewed 21 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
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...

Date of experience: July 2018
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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