Here is where the great California Gold Rush began in Jan 1848. James Marshall found gold after trying to clear a larger channel for the water from his sawmill to drain.
Though there is no gold mine here it is the place were gold mining began in California.
All of the gold was placer gold, collected by panning, sluicing or just by bending over and picking it up as Sutter had. The park features Marshall’s cabin and a replica of the sawmill he had built in partnership with Sutter.
I beleive a 2 stamp mill exist at the park and another 5 stamp exist at Coloma. The old town of Coloma has some residents but is generally considered a ghost town. Several original buildings exist.
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