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January 24, 1848: All That Glitters

James Marshall was a carpenter hired to oversee construction of a sawmill for John Sutter in Coloma, California. His agreement with Sutter provided that he would receive a portion of the lumber for his services. 460 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac

In that mood

It’s been creeping up on me slowly all day. That old feeling of being unsatisfied without knowing why. Angry at myself. Or at the world. Sick of bad news on the radio. 110 more words


Marshall Gold Discovery Park Visitors See History In Action


Visitors to James Marshall Gold Discovery Historic Park in Coloma are getting an added treat.

Workers were placing the final trusses in place for a new replica of Sutter’s Mill where the California Gold Rush was spawned. 350 more words


Riches to Rags: The Men Who Found Gold

Anyone who has ever studied history of the United States will associate the words, ‘Sutter’s Mill,’   in connection with the California Gold Rush of 1849.   They may know John Sutter as owner of that mill, and they may even know that it was James W. 920 more words

History Of The West

Gold Country

It may not look like much, but the South Fork of the American River changed the course of history, certainly in California. In 1848, James Marshal noticed a few flecks of shiny metal in the tailrace of the mill he was building for John Sutter just steps from where I took this photo. 40 more words

Gold Fever: News of the Gold Rush Explodes

Although James Marshall found gold on the north fork of the American River in late January 1848, and the news reached San Francisco by mid-March, the gold fever didn’t really start in San Francisco until mid-May. 495 more words