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

Monroe House

 
 
Monroe House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
1. Monroe House Marker
Inscription. Perly Monroe was the grandson of Peter and Nancy Gooch, who were freed from slavery here when California became a state in 1850. The Monroe family became successful fruit farmers and prominent property holders in Coloma. Built in 1925, this house is tangible evidence of their success. The Monroe orchard, located elsewhere in the park, still produces pears and apples.
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Location. 38° 47.999′ N, 120° 53.419′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Highway 49 (Main Street), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located within the boundaries 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. Coloma Breweries (a few steps from this marker); Schulze House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sierra Nevada House (within shouting distance of this marker); Winters’ Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Beer Garden (within shouting distance
Monroe House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
2. Monroe House and Marker
of this marker); Wintermantel’s Miner’s Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma’s Largest Brick Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Odd Fellows Hall (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Coloma.
 
Also see . . .
1. Slavery – California’s Hidden Sin, by Chrisanne Beckner. This article includes a detailed account of the Gooch/Monroe family and how they came to California. (Submitted on March 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. The Monroe Family. The California State Park's essay regarding the Gooch and Monroe Families. (Submitted on March 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. From the Marshal Gold Discovery SHP Brochure:
According to the Gooch-Monroe family’s oral history, Peter and Nancy Gooch came to Coloma as slaves in 1849. The following year California became a free state. Peter Gooch worked in construction and at odd jobs, and Nancy did domestic chores for the miners. By 1861 Nancy had saved enough money to buy the freedom of her son, Andrew
The Monroe Family image. Click for full size.
By California State Parks
3. The Monroe Family
Monroe, who was still a slave in Missouri. Andrew brought his wife Sarah, and their three children to Coloma, where they became respected farmers. In the 1940s the State purchased some of the Monroe landholdings from Andrew Monroe’s son, Pearly, which included the original site of Marshall’s gold discovery – the foundation of today’s park. The entire Gooch-Monroe family are buried in the park’s Pioneer Cemetery.
    — Submitted March 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Additional keywords. Freed Slaves
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Monroe Family Orchard image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 29, 2009
4. Monroe Family Orchard
The Monroe Family image. Click for full size.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park Brochure
5. The Monroe Family
William, Grant, Pearly, Andrew,Jr., (top); Cordilia, James, Andrew Sr.,Sarah (middle): Garfield (bottom).

Note the different spellings of Perly. On the marker it is spelled "Perly", however in the Park Brochure the spelling is "Pearly".
Pearley Monroe Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 29, 2009
6. Pearley Monroe Grave Marker
Located at the Coloma Pioneer Cemetery
 
 
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