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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

We ask that you please keep this historic area free from litter, whatever you bring into the park, please take it out with you or dispose of properly. When you hike, stay on the trails. Shortcuts destroy the ground cover and speed erosion. There is no diving permitted along the river shoreline, there are submerged obstacles and an uneven bottom. Please do not disturb any of the historic sites.

Established in May 1890 as California's First Historic Monument. The purpose is to protect, preserve and interpret California's Gold Discovery Site and it's environs, the discoverer James W. Marshall and the impact of this momentous event on California and the world.

About seventy percent of Coloma is included in the park with approximately 200 year round residents.

The park covers 273 acres and includes 160 picnic sites, table and barbecue. There are no camp sites available in the park.

The park is open year round, daily, from 8am to sunset. The buildings are open from 10am to 5pm daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The museum is open from 10am to 4:30pm. There is a park fee of $5.00 per car and $40.00 per bus. Seniors 62 and over receive a $1.00 discount off the per car fee. Fees include admission to the museum.

You can be married in either of the historic churches located in the park. You will need to make arrangements at the park superintendent's office.

The park features a number of historic building dating back to the gold rush era. You will see many other reminders of the past through exhibits and scheduled cultural events. A sign at each site and structure gives a brief description and history.

Many of the trees you see, Tree-of-Heaven, black locust, catalpa, persimmon and others, were planted by homesick miners as reminders of their former dwellings.

The Gold Discovery Museum (and Visitors Center)
Located inside the park. 530-622-3470

The museum tells the story of Sutter and Marshall and the discovery of gold that drastically altered their lives. Movies on gold mining and the gold discovery are shown in the visitor center. You will also see mining equipment, horse drawn vehicles, household implements and memorabilia. Be sure and pick up an orientation brochure.

The Gold Discovery Park Association

A nonprofit organization that supports the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, California, through historic preservation, conservation, and numerous educational and interpretive programs for the public.

Olde Coloma Theater

The Olde Coloma Theater presents olde tyme family melodrama Fridays and Saturdays.
Shows start at 8pm. Info: 530-626-5282

Points of Interest

Please see the city page for a partial list of points of interest. You can contact the visitors center for more information. 530-622-3470

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