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Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Coloma

An Artists View

 
 
Coloma Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
1. Coloma Marker
Inscription. ”The principle street of Coloma was alive with crowds of moving men, passing and repassing, laughing, talking, and all appearing in the best of humor. It was a scene that no other country could ever imitate.”

from “A California Journal” by Charles Gillespie

Look over your left shoulder and you will see the view this artist saw in 1853
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 47.978′ N, 120° 53.376′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on State Highway 49, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located within the bounderies of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. 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. Robert Bell's Store (here, next to this marker); Odd Fellows Hall (a few steps from this marker); County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Kane House (within shouting
Coloma Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
2. Coloma Marker
distance of this marker); Sierra Nevada House (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma’s Largest Brick Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma Breweries (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe House (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Coloma.
 
Regarding Coloma. Also see: Sutter's Mill Site, James W. Marshall Monument and all nearby Coloma markers for additional information.
 
Also see . . .
1. Marshall Gold Discovery SHP Brochure. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. New York Times Article by Robert Lindsay June 19, 1983: Regarding California’s Mother Lode Country. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. American Profile: Coloma. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Coloma has been designated as a National Historic Landmark
Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 4, 1961):
The discovery of placer gold at Coloma on January 24, 1848, resulted in the greatest series of gold strikes
Close Up of Artwork on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
3. Close Up of Artwork on Marker
on the North American continent. The initial strike occurred at a sawmill constructed by land baron John A. Sutter on the South Fork of the American River. Coloma grew up around Sutter's Mill, and became the distributing center from which other mining camps were founded to the north, east, and south. The town died as the deposits were exhausted in the late 1850's.

2004, a Save America's Treasures matching grant in the amount of $200,000 was made to Coloma to stabilize the severely deteriorated Thomas Hansford Williams House, a contributing element in the historic district, in order to prepare for its restoration and opening to the public.
    — Submitted October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

2. National Register of Historic Places
Coloma was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
    — Submitted November 3, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Coloma Main Street Today image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
4. Coloma Main Street Today
Photo is taken across the street from marker. Artwork on marker shows west side of road, this photo shows east side of road. First building is the blacksmith shop, third building (with flagpole) is the current Coloma Post Office.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,778 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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