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Marshall Gold Discovery Site -- Coloma 5-19-18

Saturday, May 19th the Woodland Outdoor Wanderers hike will be at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma.
 
In 1848, James Marshall found flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building in partnership with John Sutter. This discovery in what the Nisenan Indians knew as Cullumah (beautiful valley) started the famous California Gold Rush.
 
The park features a replica of the original sawmill and over 20 historic buildings including a mining exhibit, Chinese store exhibits and a schoolhouse exhibit.
We will start the tour at the visitor center and museum.  Interpretive exhibits include mining equipment, horse drawn vehicles, and other historic items.
 
There is choice of two hikes, both short, so ambitious hikers could go on both if they wish. The Monument Loop Hike is 1.5 miles and begins at the mill site. The trail is marked “Marshall Monument”. The trail climbs through forest and chaparral, and at the top is the James Marshall’s Monument, built over the discoverer’s grave in 1889. The return hike brings you down a short steep trail past Marshall’s Cabin to Church St.
 
The optional second hike is the Monroe Ridge Trail, about 2.3 miles long. It connects the Marshall Monument with the North Beach picnic area. The entire length of the trail runs through natural areas.
 
The park also offers guided “Gold Discovery Tours” at different times during the day. These tours are $3.00 per adult, $2.00 per child and tell the story of the events leading up to the discovery of gold, the history of the Gold Rush and the town of Coloma.
 
Participants will meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot of Woodland Presbyterian Church at 1324 Columbia Drive to sign in, pick up maps and form carpools.  Bring water, snacks or a lunch for the trail, sunscreen, a hat, and footwear suitable for hiking.  More information can be found at:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=484
 
For any questions please phone Mary Aulman  (530) 666-0743.
 


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