Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
James Wilson Marshall
And the Coloma Valley
Erected 1998 by California Gold Discovery Sesquicentennial, Grand Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West, California State Parks, January 24, 1998.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 48.15′ N, 120° 53.562′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49. Touch for map. Marker is located a short walk on the trail from the Sutter’s Mill Replica parking area to the Sutter’s Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Partners In History (a few steps from this marker); The Coloma Road (a few steps from this marker); Mormon Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sutter Mill Replica (about 300 feet away); James W. Marshall (about 400 feet away); Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode (about 400 feet away); Chinese Stores (about 400 feet away); Sutter’s Mill Site (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
Regarding James Wilson Marshall. Also see: All James W. Marshall, Sutter’s Mill and nearby Coloma markers for additional information.
Also see . . .
1. Malakoff: Jame’s W. Marshall’s Account of the First Discovery of Gold. (Submitted on October 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. California State Parks: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. (Submitted on October 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. Gold Rush Chronicles – James Marshall
James Marshall ~ "January 24, 1848: This day some kind of mettle was found in the
James Wilson Marshall, born in New Jersey in 1810, was a quiet and moody man, a carpenter and wheelwright by trade. In 1847, he entered into a contract with "Captain" John Sutter to build a saw mill in Coloma, where he discovered gold in the mill's tailrace on January 24, 1848. When the news leaked out (almost immediately), miners flocked in. Efforts by Marshall and Sutter to claim ownership of the Coloma area failed, as did Marshall's efforts to charge a commission for the gold mined there. He was run off the land when he persisted. He began making claims that he had special powers to locate gold, so he was often followed and sometimes threatened. He ended up living in Kelsey, just a few miles from Coloma, where he operated a blacksmith shop and sold his autograph on bits of paper to supplement his income. He died lonely and bitter in 1885 at age 74, never having enjoyed the wealth he helped others to find. He is buried under his statue in the State Historic Park that bears his name. The monument was built in 1890, not far from Marshall's cabin.
See the James W. Marshall and Cabin of James Marshall markers for additional information
— Submitted October 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle
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