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Gold Discovery Day

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Marshall Gold State Park woman in costume, El Dorado County

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, California will commemorate the richness and diversity of the Coloma Valley during the annual Gold Discovery Day activities.

This event kicks off a year of exploring the diverse peoples and cultures found in Coloma before, during and after the Gold Rush. On the second Saturday of each month during the park’s monthly Living History event, you can learn about a different cultural group.

Begin the journey on January 20 at 11 am in the museum with a lecture on the cultures of Coloma. Learn more about the Native American people who populated the Coloma Valley for thousands of years. Members of the El Dorado County Indigenous Tribe will be interpreting the bark house and grinding rock exhibits in the park and rebuilding the chakka, or granary, used by the natives to store acorns.

Visit Sutter’s Mill and talk with James Marshall, who discovered gold in the South Fork of the American River 170 years ago on January 24, 1848. Park docents will explain the various routes and modes of transportation used by the first emigrants to California and share gold panning techniques.

Visitors are invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of the park’s research library housed in the back of the museum.

For more information on the park, this event, or future events at the park, visit the Marshall Gold website or call (530) 622-3470.


January 20
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
310 Back Street
Coloma, CA 95613 United States
(530) 622-3470