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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

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Maryann L wrote a review Aug 2020
Fair Oaks, California1,055 contributions269 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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whenyoudream wrote a review Mar 2020
Torrance, California91 contributions51 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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CushyCouple wrote a review Jan 2020
Freeport, Florida578 contributions218 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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kickdiva1 wrote a review Jan 2020
Palm Springs, CA43 contributions30 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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EricNY152 wrote a review Jan 2020
Sacramento, California97 contributions20 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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