Established in May 1890 as California's First Historic Monument, the Park has the purpose "to protect, preserve and interpret California's Gold Discovery Site and it's environs, the discoverer James W. Marshall and the impact of this momentous event on California and the world." No wonder this State Historic Park also enjoys National Landmark status.
Did you know that California's shortest State highway is located in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma? The mini highway leads from Hwy. 49 to Marshall's monument. Caltrans measures it at a paltry 0.55 mile long. Read more about our roads...
About seventy percent of Coloma is included in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, which covers 273.6 acres at the American River and features 16 historical buildings, six interpretive concessions, and guided walks. Group tours are available by advanced arrangement.
Old ore cart
Throughout the Park, you will see artifacts and exhibits about the Gold Rush, including mining methods, household articles, and tools. The Visitor Center and Museum offers exhibits, programs, movies, and publications about the Park.
At the river, a full-size working replica of Sutter's mill has been constructed, and demonstrations are presented. A nearby monument of river cobbles marks the spot where the original mill stood. To the southwest, the statue of James W. Marshall can be seen pointing down to the spot where he first discovered gold.
Marshall Gold Discovery Celebration - January 24 each year.
Old stamp mill
49'er Family Festival - An Autumn Event - Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park recreates the excitement of the Gold Rush with its 49'er Family Festival. Costumed volunteers, musicians, interpretations, and demonstrations are featured. (530) 622-0390 or 622-3470.
• Read more about the California Gold Rush
• Group & School Tours!
• More about the Park
• Try gold panning at the Park!