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

James W. Marshall

Discoverer of Gold

 
 
James W. Marshall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, January 21, 2023
1. James W. Marshall Marker
Inscription.  “Boys I believe I have found a gold mine” so said James W. Marshall to his millworkers on January 24, 1848, after he discovered gold in the tail race of Captain John A. Sutter’s sawmill at Coloma. This discovery started the great Gold Rush to California which resulted in its admission to the Union as the thirty first state on September 9, 1850. This plaque dedicated in his honor by E Clampus Vitus, January 27, 1957
 
Erected 1957 by James W. Marshall Chapter No.49, Hangtown, California.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1850.
 
Location. 38° 48.073′ N, 120° 53.548′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49. Marker is located between the two Chinese Store buildings on the southern side of State Highway 49. 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. Chinese Stores (here, next to this marker); Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode
James W. Marshall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
2. James W. Marshall Marker
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(a few steps from this marker); California Stamp Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Nelson Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Workers Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutter Mill Timbers (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Wintermantel's Miner's Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Arrastre (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
 
More about this marker. Also see: James W. Marshall and all other Sutter’s Mill and Coloma markers for additional information.
 
James W. Marshall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, January 21, 2023
3. James W. Marshall Marker
James W. Marshall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
4. James W. Marshall Marker
James W. Marshall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
5. James W. Marshall Marker
Chinese Store is in background. This store now serves as a small mining museum.
James W. Marshall - 1884 image. Click for full size.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park 1977 Brochure
6. James W. Marshall - 1884
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,899 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 22, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   2. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   3. submitted on January 22, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   4, 5. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   6. submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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Feb. 9, 2023