Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
Location. 38° 48.005′ N, 120° 53.449′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Highway 49 (Main Street), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located within the boundaries 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. Beer Garden (here, next to this marker); Wintermantelís Minerís Hotel (here, next to this marker); Schulze House (a few steps from this marker); Colomaís Law Offices (within shouting Metropolitan Saloon and Bowling Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Weller House (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe House (within shouting distance of this marker); Coloma Breweries (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
Regarding Wintersí Hotel. The Winterís Hotel is reported to have been torn down about 1861-1862, and another hotel built in its place.
1. Coloma and the Winter's Hotel
During the early days of the Gold Rush, the new arrivals generally headed for Coloma, which resulted in the townís rapid growth. Among the first businesses in town were Captain Shannon & Cadyís general store, S. S. Brookís store, and John Littleís emporium which was located on the north side of the river. Saloons, gambling houses, restaurants, banks, stables, smithy, and gunsmith all soon followed. The first hotel was the Winters Hotel, operated by Messrs. Winters and Cromwell. A. J. Bayley ran the hotelís bar. A post office was in operation by 1849, with John T. Little serving as the first postmaster. Early spellings such as “Colluma” and “Culoma” eventually gave way to “Coloma,” and when El Dorado County was created in 1850, Coloma was chosen as the county seat, over strong objections from the residents of nearby Placerville and Diamond Springs who thought their towns should have that honor.
The Winterís Hotel is reported to have been torn down about 1861-1862, and another hotel built in its place.
— Submitted March 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.