Sutter's Mill Replica
Sutter's Mill Replica

Sutter's Mill Replica at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

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Fog in the Valley
Fog in the Valley

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Gold Panning
Gold Panning

Panning for Gold at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

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Sutter's Mill Replica
Sutter's Mill Replica

Sutter's Mill Replica at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

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Site of the Gold Discovery That Started the California Gold Rush

In 1848, James W. Marshall found shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building in partnership with John Sutter. This discovery changed the course of California's and the nation's history. See a replica of the original sawmill and over 20 historic buildings including a mining exhibit, Chinese store exhibits and schoolhouse exhibit.

Visitors have the opportunity to pan for gold in the American River and enjoy hikes and picnics under the riparian oak woodlands. Overlooking the beautiful river canyon is the Marshall Monument, California's first historic monument and the final resting place of James Marshall. The statue looks down on the river and points to the site of the gold discovery. 

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Visit the Marshall Gold Mercantile online, and shop our selection of clothing, gifts, drinkware, souvenirs and more. All proceeds stay in the park.  [SHOP ONLINE]

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The Marshall Gold Mercantile at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP carries a wide variety of clothing, gift items, and books. Now you can also view our book selection and [SHOP ONLINE]

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We are always looking for new volunteers eager to bring history alive in our park. We have so many different opportunities and areas that we can use volunteer help... [READ MORE]