Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Members of the “Mormon Battalion,” returning from the war with Mexico, were enlisted by Sutter and Marshall to help construct Sutter’s Mill.
The Mormon members of the sawmill crew built a cabin near the mill during the winter of 1847. Earlier they had shared a cabin with the Wimmer family, but they became discontented with Mrs. Wimmer, the camp cook. They decided to built their own cabin and cook for themselves.
Henry Bigler, Azariah Smith. William Johnstun, Alexander Stephens, William Barger, and James S. Brown moved into their new cabin on Sunday, January 23, 1848. The very next day Bigler’s diary recorded momentous events: “This day some kind of mettle was found in the tailrace that looks like goald.”
The Mormon Cabin Replica was erected on this site and continues to be conserved by Mormons, some of whom are direct descendents of members of the Mormon Battalion.
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Mormon Battalion series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 23, 1863.
Location. 38° 48.097′ N, 120° 53.546′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49. Marker is located within the boundaries of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coloma CA 95613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sutter Mill Replica (a few steps from this marker); James W. Marshall (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinese Stores (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutter Mill Timbers (within shouting distance of this marker); Miner’s Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Coloma Road (about 300 feet away); James Wilson Marshall (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
Also see . . .
1. Coloma Valley: GOLD!. Coloma Lotus Business Council website entry (Submitted on October 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. The Discovery of Gold in California, By Gen. John A. Sutter(Submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
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