California Historical Landmarks in El Dorado County
California Historical Landmark 143
James Marshall Gold Discovery Monument
Marshall State Historic Park
Gold discovered 24 January 1848
Monument unveiled 3 May 1890
In 1887 the State of California purchased the site for a monument to commemorate James Marshall, who in 1848 discovered gold near Coloma. Marshall's discovery started the 'gold rush,' that westward trek of Argonauts that marked a turning point in California history. The figure of Marshall atop the monument is pointing to the place of discovery on the South Fork of the American River.
Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation