Historic Sites and Points of Interest in El Dorado County
The marker mounted on the boulder reads:
Cabin of James Marshall
This cabin was erected by Marshall and occupied by him from 1856 : 1870.
Born in New Jersey October 8, 1810. Came to California in 1845 -- Died at Kelsey, this state, August 10, 1885.
The discovery of gold by Marshall in the tailrace of John A. Sutter's Mill at Coloma on January 24, 1848 started the historic migration to California by land and sea. The original sawmill, the building of which Marshall superintended was located 2190 feet north of this cabin on the American River.
On an eminence of 410 feet to the west stands a monument erected by the State of California -- The heroic figure of Marshall pointing to the site of his gold discovery.
Preserved by the State of California under the direction of the State Park Commission, Department of Natural Resources.