Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
El Dorado County Jails
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
Location. 38° 47.959′ N, 120° 53.46′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from 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. Winters’ Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Wintermantel’s Miner’s Hotel (about 300 feet away); Coloma Breweries (about 300 feet away); Coloma’s Largest Brick Store (about 300 feet away); Beer Garden (about 300 feet away); Monroe House (about 300 feet away); Schulze House (about 300 feet away); Kane House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
More about this marker. Marker and site are within the boundaries of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park.
1. The Thomas Hansford Williams House in Coloma received a “Save America Treasure" (SAT) grant
From the statement of significance:
An additional aspect of significance arises in the question of whether the old lumber used in this house might be the product of the original Coloma sawmill built by James Marshall, the construction of which sparked the Gold Rush. A further issue is that oral tradition identifies the hand-hewn logs of the south wing of the Williams House as coming from the first jail in Coloma, which had been located within yards of the Williams House site. (Further conjecture suggests that these logs were part of the original sawmill.) It is perhaps worth noting that the Herman Au map shows that T. H. Williams owned the land surrounding the lot on which the Coloma jail sat in 1857, and that the Williams' ties to law enforcement in El Dorado County might have given him an "in" when it came to salvaging the log jail. In later years, Williams had a reputation among his San Francisco business acquaintances for being "parsimonious." Perhaps this character trait emerged early, and he jumped at the chance to obtain free or cheap building materials when the city of Coloma scrapped its old jail.
— Submitted October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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