AAA Editor Notes
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is on SR 49. The 274-acre park preserves the site where James W. Marshall's discovery of gold began the California gold rush. In partnership with John Sutter to construct a sawmill, Marshall chose a site adjacent to the American River and a stand of pine trees. It was there, on Jan. 24, 1848, that Marshall noticed the glint of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill.
A statue of Marshall, marking his grave site, points toward the site of his discovery, a half-mile away. The gold rush era and its historical impact are depicted through museum exhibits, mining memorabilia and interpretive programs. Staff provide daily history talks at a replica of Sutter's mill, which stands near the river not far from the site of the original structure. Also part of the park is the 1860 cabin in which Marshall lived.
Panning for gold is allowed in designated areas, using hands and pans only, and fishing is permitted in season.
Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.