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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

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Address: 310 Black Street, Coloma, CA 95613
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+1 530-622-3470
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is a state park of California,...

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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See where gold was discovered!

Awesome new visitors center and they just rebuilt the working replica of Sutter's Mill. Great for kids or those who are into the Gold Rush. The Spring and Fall are the best times... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
mattkurth
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McKinleyville, California

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McKinleyville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome new visitors center and they just rebuilt the working replica of Sutter's Mill. Great for kids or those who are into the Gold Rush. The Spring and Fall are the best times to visit.

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Fairfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Having recently moved to CA, this was a really nice place to learn about the states history and what shaped America through the mid 1800's to really today. There was plenty of area for the kids to run, the visitors center was nicely done, and the tour was very informative. Our oldest child has a report on the gold rush... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Small, quaint and quiet, Marshall Good Discovery Park in Coloma is one of the most important historic landmarks in the west. Site of Marshall's discovery of a nugget in the tailrace of John Sutter's never-finished mill—and the California Gold rush was on. There are great docent-led tours (in period dress), an excellent visitor's center and museum, gold-panning, picnicking, river access,... More 

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Deltona, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

My first visit to CA and my friend took me here while sightseeing in the area. I really enjoyed this stop. The grounds are lovely and there is also a small museum that is interesting, as well as other exhibits which explain about the people that once lived and mined here. This is a great day trip for kids and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Historic gem. Nice small museum. Lots of interpretive information, signs and open areas to run with kids. Many old buildings, implements etc. walking through the park was like walking through history.. Very family friendly.

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Port Hueneme, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A bit of a windy drive to get here but worth it. Restored site of the first Gold discovery in California. You can see the actual site where Marshall found the gold that started the rush to California. Good place for a walking tour of the old town with some buildings still standing. One note - bring a picnic lunch.... More 

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Pearl City, HI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We visited last week Saturday which was "living gold rush day" where folks dressed in period outfits and talked to us about how things were during the gold rush. Kids played with toys of the era, made candles the old fashioned way, and was able to listen to stories of the gold rush and how it started in California. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

My wife and I recently visited the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and enjoyed the experience very much. It includes the historic site of Sutter's Mill as well as some original and restored buildings from the gold rush period. The park museum has a number of educational films and the one we saw provided a very good historical overview... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

If you're in the area, a visit to this historic state park is a must! Be sure to spend the $3 to take a walking guided hour tour. Our guide, Norm, was excellent. The day we were there was a beautiful sunny fall day and the weather to be outside was perfect. After the tour, if you want to see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We visited the weekend of Gold Rush Days, much to our surprise - what a great experience. Between all of the "period" people and activities they had going on, we learned so much about California's history. We talked to a "midwife"; watched the blacksmith, took part in a funeral procession (died of cholera), learned how to transform yarn to wool,... More 

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