Marshall Gold Discovery – The site of where James Marshall “first discovered” gold in California in 1848 is one of the most historically significant sites in the USA. His discovery set off huge westward migrations of people in search of the golden yellow metal. Visit the site of the Sawmill where he first discovered gold on the American river in present day Coloma.
A replica of his sawmill exists in the parking lot across from the main museum (see below), but be sure to walk down to the real site where a huge stone monument exists along the river. A unique “I saw it” is the shortest state highway which is also in the park! For more info, visit: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=484