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

El Dorado County Jails

 
 
El Dorado County Jails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
1. El Dorado County Jails Marker
Inscription. Coloma’s first jail was made of logs and was located around the corner on High Street. The second jail, built in 1855, quickly proved to be too small, and this stone-block prison was erected. It was used from 1857 until 1862. The metal cell that stands nearby came from the county courthouse in Placerville.
 
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.
 
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); 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 bounderies of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park.
 
Regarding El Dorado County Jails.
Coloma Jail Ruins and El Dorado County Jails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
2. Coloma Jail Ruins and El Dorado County Jails Marker
Also see: All other nearby Coloma markers for additional information.
 
Also see . . .  Stories in El Dorado County History. (Submitted on November 16, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
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."
Coloma Jail Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
3. Coloma Jail Ruins
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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Coloma Jail Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
4. Coloma Jail Ruins
Coloma Jail Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
5. Coloma Jail Ruins
View of Barred Window Opening image. Click for full size.
By California State Parks
6. View of Barred Window Opening
Cell Entrance image. Click for full size.
By California State Parks
7. Cell Entrance
Metal Cell from County Courthouse is Placerville Mentioned on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
8. Metal Cell from County Courthouse is Placerville Mentioned on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,550 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6, 7. submitted on March 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8. submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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