Sacramento and the Gold Country Sights

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

  • 310 Back St. Map It
  • Coloma
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

Most of Coloma lies within the historic park. Though crowded with tourists in summer, Coloma hardly resembles the mob scene it was in 1849, when 2,000 prospectors staked out claims along the streambed. The town's population grew to 4,000, supporting seven hotels, three banks, and many stores and businesses. But when reserves of the precious metal dwindled, prospectors left as quickly as they had come. A working reproduction of an 1840s mill lies near the spot where James Marshall first saw gold. A trail leads to a modest sign (considering the impact) marking his discovery. Take a stroll up the surrounding hills for sublime views.

Sight Information


310 Back St., off Hwy. 49, Coloma, California, 95613, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $8 per vehicle
  • Park daily 8–sunset. Museum Mar.–Nov., 10–5; Nov.–Mar., 10–4

Published 11/12/2015


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