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

Partners In History

 
 
Partners In History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
1. Partners In History Marker
Inscription.
Friday, Aug. 27, 1847…made a contract and entered in partnership with Marshall for a sawmill to be built on the Amer. Fork.

So wrote John Augustus Sutter, methodically recording the agreement that led to California’s astonishing gold rush. Sutter left Germany for the United States in 1834, after several years in the Midwest, reached the Sacramento Valley in 1839. A year later he received a 48,000-acre land grant from the Mexican government and began creating a small empire near the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers.

Sutter needed lumber to expand his fort and a partner to help built a sawmill. He joined forces with James Wilson Marshall, a carpenter from New Jersey, and construction began in the fall of 1847. Marshall had almost finished the sawmill when he found gold in the tailrace. Ironically, the discovery that enriched so many brought ruin to its key figures - both Marshall and Sutter died in near-poverty.
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Location. 38° 48.156′ N, 120° 53.557′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Highway 49. Click for map. Marker is located on the trail to the gold discovery
Partners In History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
2. Partners In History Marker
On the trail to the gold discovery site.
The Gold Discovery Site Monument can be seen through the trees on the right of the photo.
site, a short walk from the 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. James Wilson Marshall (a few steps from this marker); The Coloma Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutter’s Mill Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mormon Cabin (about 400 feet away); Sutter Mill Replica (about 400 feet away); “Gold Boys Gold” (about 400 feet away); James W. Marshall (about 400 feet away); Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coloma.
 
Also see . . .
1. THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD IN CALIFORNIA, By General John Sutter. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. California State Parks Video Transcript. A docent tour presentation of the history of Coloma and the Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
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Close-Up of Sketch on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
3. Close-Up of Sketch on Marker
John Sutter - Front
James Marshall - Back
Sutter's Fort in foreground
Gold Discovery Site Monument image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
4. Gold Discovery Site Monument
Location of the sawmill and gold discovery site.

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Sutter Mill Replica Marker image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle
5. Sutter Mill Replica Marker
The Mill Replica is in the Background

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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,453 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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