Hear Tales of the First Postmaster and First Postmistress of Coloma to Conclude the 2019 Speaker Series

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park invites the public to take part in living history demonstrations and the conclusion of the 2019 Speaker Series - Characters of Coloma on Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At 2 p.m. in the museum at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, our lecture series will be exploring the lives of the first postmaster and first postmistress of Coloma. Established in November of 1849, the US Post Office in Coloma was first run by John Little, a business owner and entrepreneur in the area. Little was a reluctant postmaster who ultimately financed much of the operation out of his own pocket. Over the years the post office moved around town, often housed in a local business. In the early 20th century, Coloma had its first postmistress, Cora Price, who took over the role upon the death of her father. Learn more about these colorful characters during our lecture series at 2 p.m.

Join docents on the lawn beside the millworkers' cabin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as they demonstrate what life was like during the California Gold Rush during Living History Day activities. Visitors can take part in hands on demonstrations such as journal writing, rope making, laundry, tin punching, children’s games, and more.

For more information, call (530) 622-3470.


Dennis Amaral (President)
Bill Bennett (Secretary)
Gale Nored (Treasurer)

Brenda Carroll

Dick Williams

Mike Judd

Judy Bryant


Non Officers:
Maureen Brown (Operations Manager)

Gold Discovery Park Association
P.O. Box 461
Coloma, CA 95613


General Questions

(530) 622-3470

Gold Discovery Park Association

(530) 622-6198 

Gold Rush Mercantile
Hours 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily

(530) 344-1895

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