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History

Gold! The cry went up from Sutter’s Mill and brought tens of thousands stampeding into California from the four corners of the world. These ’49ers established hundreds of instant mining towns along the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Many of these historic and picturesque towns still exist, linked by California Highway 49, The Gold Rush Trail. Many retain their early architecture and charm, living reminders of the rich history of the Mother Lode. You can still discover historic hotels and 19th century saloons, stagecoach rides and places to pan for gold and keep the nuggets.

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  • Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Colony Farm

    This historic colony site was first settled by Japanese colonists from Aizu Wakamatsu (Fukushima Prefecture) in July 1869. The Wakamatsu Colony site is the first Japanese colony in North America; contains the gravesite of Okei Ito, the first Japanese woman buried on American soil; is the birthplace of the first read more

  • Fountain-Tallman Museum

    Located in the original soda works building dating to 1852 – Today it holds artifacts and exhibits about Placerville’s history, and displays furnishings from a prominent resident.

  • Tallac Historic Site

    The Tallac Historic Site is comprised of the Baldwin Estate, the Pope Estate, and Valhalla. The information here is specific to the Pope and Baldwin Estates. The entire site is open daily during the summer months. Parking is free and there is plenty to see by walking around the Site. Stroll read more

  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

    Located in Coloma, the park’s Gold Discovery Museum and Sutter’s Mill mark the spot where gold was discovered in 1848, triggering the California Gold Rush. The best place to start your tour of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is at the visitor center and museum. Interpretive exhibits and programs read more