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

“Gold Boys Gold”

 
 
“Gold Boys Gold” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
1. “Gold Boys Gold” Marker
Inscription. On January 24, 1848, James Marshall set off early and alone to inspect progress in deepening the ditch that channeled water from the sawmill back to the river. Suddenly, he bent over and picked up a few particles gleaming in the icy water. “Hey, boys, by God, I believe Iíve found a gold mine,” he called, walking toward the mill hands.

The men ran to meet him. One seized a flake, bit it, and when the metal did not break, yelled, “Gold, boys, gold!” After they had further tested the metal by boiling it in lye and beating it thin, the men were convinced that Marshall had found gold. Four days later, on January 28, John Sutter wrote in his diary, “Mr. Marshall arrived from the mountains on very important business.”
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Location. 38° 48.22′ N, 120° 53.561′ 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 between the northern parking lot and the Gold Discovery Site. 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. Sutterís Mill Site (within shouting distance of this
“Gold Boys Gold” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
2. “Gold Boys Gold” Marker
marker); The Tailrace (within shouting distance of this marker); Partners In History (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Wilson Marshall (about 400 feet away); The Coloma Road (about 500 feet away); Capt. William E. Shannon (about 700 feet away); Mormon Cabin (about 800 feet away); Sutter Mill Replica (about 800 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 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. James Marshall. A biography of James Marshall. (Submitted on March 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
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James Marshall 1844 image. Click for full size.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park 1977 Brochure
3. James Marshall 1844
The Marshall Monument image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, August 19, 2008
4. The Marshall Monument
This monument was erected in 1890 by the State of California at the gravesite of James Marshall.
Click for more information.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,690 times since then and 117 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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