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Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
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Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
Description - Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is the place where James W. Marshall found some shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of a sawmill he was building for himself and John Sutter.

Attractions - Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is the place where James W. Marshall found some shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of a sawmill he was building for himself and John Sutter. This discovery in 1848 changed the course of California history. A statue marks the grave site of Marshall, who died in 1885. Throughout the year the park has special events, including living history programs.

Going for Gold! America's Gold Rush Wagon Train left Atchison, KS on 3 April 1999 where a crowd of about 1,500 turned out for the festivities. School
children in Atchison enjoyed the school day where members of the wagon train talked to them about the history of the California gold rush and westward expansion. The wagon train is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the California Gold Rush an event that changed the American West and laid the foundation for changes felt across the world.

Recreation - The park has a museum, with exhibits that tell the story of the Gold Rush, a replica of the sawmill and a number of historic buildings. Visitors also have the opportunity to try panning for gold in the river or enjoy a picnic under the trees.

Climate - Gold County generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - The park is located in Coloma on Highway 49 between Placerville and Auburn.

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Contact Information:
Gold Rush Marshall Gold Sector Headquarters, 310 Back Street, P.O. Box 265 , Coloma, CA, 95613, Phone: 530-622-3470, Fax: 530-622-3472
, coloma@jps.net

Additional Information:
California's Historic Sites - This section includes the major historic sites within California. California's rich history is showcased in its many historic sites and monuments.
Gold Country State Parks, Historic Parks and Recreation Areas - The Gold Country Region lies to the west of the Sierra Nevadas in northern California. It features one state park, two state recreation areas, and ten state historic parks.

California State Parks - Official agency website.


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