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Erected in 1890, this monument celebrates James W. Marshall who discovered gold near this site on January 24, 1848.

Coloma, California is best known as the community where James W. Marshall first discovered gold at what was Sutter's Mill on January 24, 1848. His discovery led to the California Gold Rush which is commemorated by this monument and the surrounding state historic park which includes a variety of trails, markers, exhibits, and interactive historical experiences.  
The state historical park was established in 1942 and contains two historical landmarks. The first landmark is this statue dedicated in memory of James Marshall and the other marks the precise location where he discovered gold.