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

Sutter Mill Timbers

 
 
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Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, January 21, 2023
1. Sutter Mill Timbers Marker
Replacement Marker.
Inscription.  John Sutter’s mill was not used after 1850 and it deteriorated rapidly. The flood of 1862 destroyed what remained of the structure, but in 1924 the original mill site was discovered and the mill monument built. A major excavation in 1947 found these hand-hewn timbers still in place. From the mill timbers it was possible to measure the size of the original sawmill- 60 feet long and 25 feet wide.

Text of the original marker:
John Sutter’s mill was not used after 1850 and it deteriorated rapidly. The flood of 1862 destroyed the above ground remains of the structure. In 1924 the original mill site was located and the mill monument was built. Major excavations in 1947 found these handhewn timbers still in place. From the mill timbers it was possible to measure the size of the original sawmill, 60 feet long and 20 feet wide. The nearby mill replica was built in 1967 based upon this information and upon James Marshall’s sketches and description.
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology
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Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
2. Sutter Mill Timbers Marker
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Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 38° 48.082′ N, 120° 53.516′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49 north of Mt Murphy Road. 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. Nelson Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); James W. Marshall (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinese Stores (within shouting distance of this marker); California Stamp Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode (within shouting distance of this marker); Chile Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Arrastre (within shouting distance of this marker); Miner’s Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
 
More about this marker. See Also: All other Sutter’s Mill, Coloma and James W. Marshall markers for additional information.
 
Also see . . .  California State Parks: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. (Submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
 
Additional keywords. California Gold Rush
 
Sutter Mill Timbers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, January 21, 2023
3. Sutter Mill Timbers Marker
Sutter Mill Timbers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
4. Sutter Mill Timbers Marker
Shed Which Houses and Protects the Timbers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
5. Shed Which Houses and Protects the Timbers
Marker can be seen in front of the shed
Sutter Mill Timbers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, January 21, 2023
6. Sutter Mill Timbers
Sutter Mill Timbers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
7. Sutter Mill Timbers
Sutter Mill Timbers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
8. Sutter Mill Timbers
Sutter Mill Timbers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
9. Sutter Mill Timbers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,281 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 23, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   2. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   3. submitted on January 23, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   4, 5. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   6. submitted on January 23, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   7, 8, 9. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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Feb. 3, 2023