#143:  Marshall Monument

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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma





Private Plaque



From the Guidebook:

In 1887 the State of California purchased the site for a monument to commemorate James Marshall, who in 1848 discovered gold near Coloma. Marshall's discovery started the 'gold rush,' that westward trek of Argonauts that marked a turning point in California history. The figure of Marshall atop the monument is pointing to the place of discovery on the South Fork of the American River.

From the plaque:

Erected by the State of California in memory of James W. Marshall 1810 - 1885 Whose discovery of gold January 24, 1848 in the tailrace of Sutter's Mill at Coloma started the great rush of Argonauts.

Monument unveiled May 3, 1890.

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