Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
An Artists View
from “A California Journal” by Charles Gillespie
Look over your left shoulder and you will see the view this artist saw in 1853
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 38° 47.978′ N, 120° 53.376′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on State Highway 49, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located within the bounderies of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. 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. Robert Bell's Store (here, next to this marker); Odd Fellows Hall (a few steps from this marker); County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Kane House (within shouting Sierra Nevada House (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma’s Largest Brick Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma Breweries (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
Regarding Coloma. Also see: Sutter's Mill Site, James W. Marshall Monument and all nearby Coloma markers for additional information.
1. Coloma has been designated as a National Historic Landmark
Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 4, 1961):
The discovery of placer gold at Coloma on January 24, 1848, resulted in the greatest series of gold strikes on the North American continent. The initial strike occurred at a sawmill constructed by land baron John A. Sutter on the South Fork of the American River. Coloma grew up around Sutter's Mill, and became the distributing center from which other mining camps were founded to the north, east, and south. The town died as the deposits were exhausted in the late
2004, a Save America's Treasures matching grant in the amount of $200,000 was made to Coloma to stabilize the severely deteriorated Thomas Hansford Williams House, a contributing element in the historic district, in order to prepare for its restoration and opening to the public.
— Submitted October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
2. National Register of Historic Places
Coloma was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
— Submitted November 3, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Landmarks • Natural Resources • Notable Buildings • Notable Events • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,836 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.