Living Our Dream travel blog

Display in the museum at the Gold Discovery State Park

Site of Sutter's Mill where the gold was first discovered

JoAnn at the Sutter's Mill site

This is where the lumber mill was located.

A replica of the original saw mill

An old piece of equipment

Miners' cabin

Mt. Murphy..... typical of the golden hills of California

Looking downstream from the bridge across the South Fork of the American...

Looking upstream from the bridge across the S Fork of the American...


January 24,1848, James Marshall discovered gold flakes in the streambed of the South Fork of the American River at Sutter's Mill. This was the beginning of what we now know as the "gold rush" - one of history's largest human migrations with 90,000 people coming into California! Today we visited this famous site at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, CA.

After a very interesting and enjoyable tour there, we stopped for a yummy lunch at Cosmic Cafe in Placerville... the same place we had eaten breakfast after the Farmer's Market last week. I had an outstanding nutburger while Rosanna & Carol had portabella burgers.

After a fantastic 2 weeks here, I will have to say goodbye tomorrow to my wonderful friends (both 2 legged & 4 legged!). This time tomorrow I will be on my way home to Florida.

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