Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
4.5
State Parks • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Brian R
Northridge, CA902 contributions
Made a point to come here and visit this very important place in California History. A very enjoyable place to see and walk. Everything is a relatively easy walk and the river is very enjoyable.
Written June 7, 2022
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Lynn M
Carmel, California, United States891 contributions
Nice leisurely day exploring the grounds of this park. Parking at the time we were there was $10. We picked up a map and walk out to the re-constructed mill. There are a number of informational plaques that describe the entire history. Great for 3rd and 4th graders who are studying California History. Picked up a picnic at the Farm to Fork Cafe the explored the displays on the other side of Highway 49. Lots of gold mining equipment - visit the Museum next to the park headquarters. Then sit at one of the picnic tables on the grounds and enjoy your lunch. Great day for all ages. On certain weekends during the summer we have been here when docents dressed in period costume man the different cabins/blacksmith and other living museum areas in the park. Then we actually drove to visit the James Marshall Monument. Though you can walk there, it isn't that far but we chose to drive. There are also a few hikes around the park. We didn't have an opportunity to do them. The park maps shows their location. We write audio tours for VoiceMap and this destination is one of the stops on our gold rush tour California’s Gold Rush: A Highway 49 driving tour from Auburn to Placerville. Happy Adventures
Written May 3, 2022
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pwillard
LA134 contributions
This was such a fun place to go during Covid. They are loosening up at the state parks so the museum and gift shop were open too. This place is in original condition, so a lot of what you see is no longer standing in its entirety. But there are definitely fixtures remaining as well. The placards and information are nicely marked and you can read all about the history. The museum did not enforce capacity limits very well at all..this was great for accessibility, but we were super uncomfortable and rushed through. The gift shop was great...we bought candy and the cutest hat for my daughter who forgot her hat at home ...she bought a baseball cap with a fox and the name of the park embroidered for a reasonable $16. The river runs calmly through the park, and you can do some easy hiking while you are there, which is perfect for the young and old. This is a fun place to go. Highly recommended.
Written April 18, 2021
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,184 contributions
The historic park is open for day use from 8 AM until 8 PM. The Visitors Center, Museum and the historic buildings are closed but there is much to see and do in the park. On the day we visited, the park was uncrowded. There were so many picnic tables available and we had our picnic lunch overlooking the American River. The outdoor exhibits are well done and informative. We hiked the Loop and the Monument trails. The restrooms are open and very clean. Gold panning is open as is the gift shop. There are hand washing stations and water fountains available. No food concessions are open. There is a modest fee for day use, $8.00 and $7.00 for seniors. Come here and enjoy the river, the lovely breeze, the well maintained trails, solitude and a look back at California history.
Written August 6, 2020
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whenyoudream
Torrance, CA98 contributions
Hard to believe we've camped all over California and not visited the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park until now. It not only has the exact site of the original gold discovery in California along the American River, but also other original buildings and displays spread out along Main Street which make for a fulfilling couple of hours.

The museum is small but provides a more realistic presentation of the gold rush as compared to the exterior exhibits, e.g. the mania of the 49ers, the impact on the native communities, the treatment of the Chinese workers, etc. We appreciated the Wah Hop Store and Man Lee Mining exhibit. The Mormon cabin was open on Saturday Feb 29. We looked through the glass windows at the Wagon Exhibit, strolled around the whole site, lots of open space, grass, picnic tables.

The crowd was light but we could easily imagine how crowded and hot in might be on a summer weekend. We also took a short family-friendly hike on the Dave Moore Nature Area just a mile and a half down the road, went counter-clockwise to the river shore and most people return the way they came rather than completing the loop.
Written March 8, 2020
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CushyCouple
Freeport, FL577 contributions
This was a FUN HISTORY trip with our 11-year old grandson! He learned that "panning for gold" ain't so easy!!

Take the time to:
1. Watch the short movie offered
2. Take a guided Tour
3. Take your own walking tour around the city's buildings
4. Either walk up the hill (or drive) up to the Marshall monument! Great Views!

Something extra -- walk across the old bridge and enjoy snacks in the gift shop!

We did it all!
Written January 29, 2020
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kickdiva1
Palm Springs, CA43 contributions
We went on a weekday. There was no one dressed up or giving tours, but we were able to walk around at our own pace and see the many different artifacts. Each stop had a sign that gave details about its history. Between walking around outside and going through the museum, we learned a lot about the Gold Rush and California's early history . Don't miss the movies, especially the one about the Mormon Pass. I had no idea how instrumental they were in forging a trail for others! If you have kids, plan on going during Living History Days or when there are docents to help bring the history alive.
Written January 5, 2020
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EricNY152
Sacramento, CA127 contributions
The Gold Discovery museum was excellent. vivid displays, interactive multi-media exhibits, and lots of information -- good for school field trips or families/couples.
It was a cold day when we visited, so we walked quickly outside through the jail ruins and wagon & stamping displays.

The indoor museum was warm. Allocate enough time - the museum sometimes closes earlier than the posted "park hours". Call to confirm.

It is nice to walk along the river and through the old town. Don't forget to get a snack or some sarsaparilla at the cafe in town.
Written January 5, 2020
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AnjanManda
Hyderabad, India1,998 contributions
The park is in beautifully forested valley in the Sierra foot hills.Here in 1848 James Marshall found gold flecks triggering one of the histories largest human migration.There are models of dredgers and techniques of mining of those days are on display.There is blacksmith shop,cabin of James Marshall,replica of saw mill.Museum details the story of gold rush.Take the loop trail to visit sites.There is an audio visual show.
Written December 20, 2019
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Jim K
Sacramento, CA1,328 contributions
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Coloma came alive this weekend for Living History Days. Coloma is an easy drive from Sacramento, about 45 mins.
California State Parks really out did themselves. There were games for the kids, restorations, tent encampment, demonstrations, and fascinating docents with lots of history to share.
This event occurs the second weekend in October. Plan to spend at least 3 hours, you will enjoy it.
Written October 12, 2019
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