Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sutter Mill Replica
This replica of Sutter’s Mill was based on research from many sources – a drawing by James Marshall, an old photograph of the mill, and the results of several excavations made on the original mill site. The building is 60 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 39 feet high, and 80,000 board feet of lumber were used in construction. The structure is assembled with wooden pegs – no nails were used. As in the original mill, all timbers were adzed by hand. The replica was placed here because the original site is now inundated. The Placerville Lumber Company donated much of the material and the El Dorado County Historic Society raised funds for its construction.
Erected 1968 by James W. Marshall Chapter No.49, E Clampus Vitus on January 20, 1968.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 38° 48.096′ N, 120° 53.537′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be 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. Mormon Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Sutter Mill Timbers (within shouting distance of 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); Miner’s Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Coloma Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Wilson Marshall (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Please see this Sutter's Mill Site marker for more information.
Also see . . .
1. The Discovery of Gold in California, by Gen. John A. Sutter. Museum of the City of San Francisco Website entry (Submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. California Department of Parks and Recreation Website entry:
The replica of Sutter's Mill is located on the American River within Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. (Submitted on October 14, 2008.)
1. Sutter Mill Replica
This particular replica will be on display until 2011, after which the Department of Parks and Recreation will replace it with a new replica that will more closely approximate the original design and construction of the original mill.
— Submitted October 14, 2008.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 4,551 times since then and 8 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week October 12, 2008. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 4. submitted on March 15, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 5, 6. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on February 1, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.