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Gold Discovery Day

Saturday, January 27, 2024

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


California State Parks will commemorate James Marshall’s discovery of gold at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Gold Discovery Day, which was first celebrated in Coloma in 1948 on the centennial of the discovery, will include activities and living history demonstrations throughout the park.


In 1848, Marshall found shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building in partnership with John Sutter. The discovery in present day Coloma sparked California’s famous gold rush and led to the greatest voluntary mass migration of people in the Western Hemisphere.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ​

  • Learn about mining techniques and the life of a miner.

  • Find out why so many traveled so far to reach the gold fields.

  • Learn how people traveled to the gold fields.

  • Enjoy kids’ games and activities for the entire family.

  • Watch blacksmithing demonstrations.

$10 per vehicle day use fee collected. For more information, call (530) 622-3470.

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