“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Coloma Road

The Coloma Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
1. The Coloma Road Marker
Inscription.  Here in the Valley of the Cul-lum-mah Indians, James W. Marshall discovered gold on January 24, 1848, in the tailrace of Sutter’s sawmill. The Old Coloma Road, opened in 1847 from Sutter’s Fort to Coloma, was used by Marshall to carry the news of the discovery to Captain John A. Sutter. During the Goldrush it was used by thousands of miners going to and from the diggings. In 1849 it became the route of California’s first stage-line, established by James E. Birch.
Erected 1960 by The California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Golden Key of Greenwood, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, and the Grand Parlors of the Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West, August 4, 1960. (Marker Number 748.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLandmarksNatural ResourcesNotable EventsNotable Places
The Coloma Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
2. The Coloma Road Marker
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Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1749.
Location. 38° 48.139′ N, 120° 53.566′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49. Marker is located at the Northeast corner of the Sutter's Mill Replica parking area. Take the trail to Sutter's Mill marker site, this marker is at the entrance to the trail. 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. James Wilson Marshall (a few steps from this marker); Partners In History (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sutter Mill Replica (about 300 feet away); James W. Marshall (about 300 feet away); Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode (about 300 feet away); Chinese Stores (about 300 feet away); Sutter Mill Timbers (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
More about this marker. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.748
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Coloma Road
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markers in El Dorado and Sacramento Counties.
Also see . . .  Early El Dorado County History. A history of the area as well as details of several early trails and roads. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,645 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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Nov. 29, 2022