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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

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Address: 310 Black Street, Coloma, CA 95613
Phone Number: 15306223470
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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One of the crown jewels of the California Park System

We live local but have visited this state park and number of times. You must take the gold panning lesson if offered, it is worth the seven dollars.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We live local but have visited this state park and number of times. You must take the gold panning lesson if offered, it is worth the seven dollars.

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Thank Todd T
Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go, it is worth the drive! Coupled with the Fort, historic Old Town Sacramento and the State Capitol it is a wonderful tour through CA history! This is an amazing hidden gem (not many people seem to know that it is there to visit) and we were all shocked just how far away it actually was from town when you... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perhaps it was that we arrived late in the afternoon on a very hot and sunny day but it seemed that apart from the visitor centre, there was nothing much more to the place. All but half a dozen of the original buildings from the town had disappeared; there was a replica water mill and a monument and a few... More 

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visitors center and museum is the best place to learn the history of the California Gold Rush and the discovery of Gold by James Marshall at Sutter's Mill. The park includes the remains of the mill and some of the historic buildings.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fact that James Marshall discovered gold here makes this a remarkable place to visit. Nominal day fee paid at the Visitor Center, which offers an interactive museum, and nature walk. Explore the structures along the nature path. Doors are unlocked and each gives a glimpse into the past. Then, cross the street and walk along the river. If you... More 

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Woodland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Visited the park recently where we were pleasantly suprised at the pristine condition if the grounds and exhibits. For a $3 fee, we were treated to an interesting and informative walking tour to this birthplace of the Gold Rush. Our guide was knowledgable, friendly and truly enthusiastic about the stories she was sharing with us. After the 45 minute tour... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Digging for gold was on our trip bucket list, and I always like a history lesson! Marshall Gold Discovery State Park delivered. Entry fee was $8 and digging for gold was $7 each (came with pan and instruction and you get to keep the gold). We started with the half mile hike up the mountain to view the Marshall statue.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

A sight that all gold-rush fans should visit. This is a mainly open-air site where one can see original or restored buildings, as well as the actual site of the first gold sight in 1949. But it is a bit off the beaten track and there is little else to do in the region.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Highly recommended! Love the river! Love the drive to the park as well! Friendly and knowledgable staff! Gentleman volunteered at the blacksmith shop are awesome! Nice cafe on the roadside. Great and organized programs. For a relaxed and worry-free family outing, highly recommended!

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Claremont, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Go back 160+ years and imagine John Marshall's walk along the American River. What a thrill to walk where he found gold. This event not only changed California but the United States as well. The buildings, exhibits, and replica of the sawmill help the visitor to experience mining life of the mid 19th century in this once-isolated part of California... More 

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