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

The Tailrace

 
 
The Tailrace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
1. The Tailrace Marker
Inscription.  Here on a chilly morning in January, 1848, carpenter James Marshall picked up the small pieces gold that touched off one of the largest, most frenzied mass migrations in history. Within a year of Marshall’s discovery, six thousand gold seekers swarmed over the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Thousands more who followed completely changed the what had been a quiet, remote Mexican province.
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 48.241′ N, 120° 53.568′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Highway 49. Marker is located within the boundaries of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, on the trail to the Gold Discovery Site from the North Shore Parking area. 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. “Gold Boys Gold” (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutter’s Mill Site
The Tailrace Marker and Trace of the Original Trailrace on the Right image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
2. The Tailrace Marker and Trace of the Original Trailrace on the Right
(within shouting distance of this marker); Partners In History (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Wilson Marshall (about 600 feet away); Capt. William E. Shannon (about 600 feet away); The Coloma Road (about 600 feet away); Monroe Family Homestead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mormon Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
 
Also see . . .  THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD IN CALIFORNIA, By General John Sutter. John Sutter's own words on James Marshall's gold discovery. (Submitted on April 3, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. California Gold Rush
 
Site Map Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
3. Site Map Displayed on Marker
The Tailrace image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 17, 2009
4. The Tailrace
The Tailrace Marker image. Click for full size.
By S B, March 15, 2009
5. The Tailrace Marker
overview of site on the American River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 3, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,317 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 3, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on February 22, 2012, by S B of Sacramento, California.
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