“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Sutter’s Mill Site

Sutter's Mill Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Karen Key, December 29, 2005
1. Sutter's Mill Site Marker
Inscription. This rock monument marks site of John A. Sutter's saw mill in the tailrace of which James W. Marshall discovered gold, January 24, 1848, starting the great rush of argonauts to California. The Society of California Pioneers definitely located and marked site in 1924. Additional timbers and relics, including original tailrace unearthed in 1947, were discovered after property became state park. Marshall Monument overlooking this spot was erected following movement inaugurated in 1886 by Native Sons of the Golden West.

Tablet placed by Historic Landmarks Committees Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West January 24, 1948 on centennial of gold discovery.
Erected 1948 by Historic Landmarks Committees Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West. (Marker Number 530.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 48.209′ N, 120° 53.537′ W. Marker is near Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Coloma Road (California Route 49) north of Mt Murply Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park, the
Sutter's Mill Site Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Karen Key, December 29, 2005
2. Sutter's Mill Site Monument
marker is next to the American River and is accessible from the Gold Discovery Loop Trail, just 500 feet or so from the sawmill parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Coloma CA 95613, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Gold Boys Gold” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tailrace (within shouting distance of this marker); Partners In History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Wilson Marshall (about 400 feet away); The Coloma Road (about 500 feet away); Mormon Cabin (about 700 feet away); Sutter Mill Replica (about 700 feet away); Sutter Mill Timbers (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coloma.
Also see . . .
1. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park Site. (Submitted on March 8, 2006.)
2. Park Brochure. Page 7 of this brochure has a detailed map of the park. (Submitted on March 8, 2006.) 

3. The Discovery of Gold in California. By Gen. John A. Sutter. (Submitted on March 8, 2006.) 

4. The Sutter Family and the Origins of Gold-Rush. Book by John Augustus Sutter at (Submitted on March 16, 2006.) 

5. John Sutter and a Wider West. Book edited by Kenneth N. Owens on (Submitted on March 16, 2006.) 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Sutter’s Mill Site Monument Photo, Click for full size
By James King, January 24, 2014
3. Sutter’s Mill Site Monument
Local re-enactors and members of the Native Sons of the Golden West inspect the work of their forebears on Discovery of Gold Day, 24 January 2014.

Santa Lucia Parlor #97 (Salinas, CA), Excelsior Parlor #31 (Jackson, CA), Auburn Parlor #59 (Auburn, CA), Georgetown Parlor #91 (Georgetown, CA)and San Miguel Parlor #150 (San Miguel, CA)(behind the camera) are represented.

Note the low level of the American River as a result of severe drought.
James Marshall Monument image, Click for more information
By Syd Whittle, May 14, 1978
4. James Marshall Monument
In 1887 the State of California purchased the site for a monument to commemorate James Marshall, who in 1848 discovered gold near Coloma. Marshall's discovery started the 'gold rush,' that westward trek of Argonauts that marked the turning point in California history. The figure of Marshall atop the monument is pointing to the place of discovery on the South Fork of the American River.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 7,260 times since then. Last updated on , by Ken Horn of Springfield, Missouri. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California.   4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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