Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. While here I’ll perform routine maintenance and cleaning of both the motorhome and Bronco.

Mary had surgery on her right shoulder April 15th.

I want to assist her during recovery however I can. I assisted her with her left shoulder surgery in 2009. Whenever it’s convenient and I know that she is comfortable, I’ll make my future travel plans at that time.

 

While hanging out here, I thought I’d post some earlier entries about things and places near here in Murphys, California. I first published this blog April 7, 2011…

 

 

 

Yesterday I visited a most unusual site in the history of the United States…the place where gold was discovered on Monday, January 24, 1848. I was last here in 2001. The park contains the remains of a number of old buildings from the old Town of Coloma. Today I’m focusing on the discovery of the gold.

The location is now officially called the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park at Coloma, California. Here’s the official government website link…

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=484

Here’s a Google Earth view to help orientate yourself to the following photos. In this view the South Fork appears to flow uphill as it flows from the lower right to the upper left. In reality, its flowing downhill…

 

 

 

 

I’ve decided to give you a more descriptive Blog entry than normal because I’m thinking many who read this posting may never get to visit this historic place. Enjoy!

Let’s begin the photos with two taken from the middle of the bridge upstream from Sutter’s Mill. First looking upstream…

 

 

 

 

Then looking downstream from the bridge…

 

 

 

Next is the entrance raceway to the replica of the sawmill. Notice underneath there’s a water-wheel which moved the saw blade to cut the wood…

 

 

 

A little downstream of this replica saw mill, a stone structure marks the original site of the sawmill…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A short distance downstream from the location of the original sawmill…is the actual site where James Marshall discovered the gold in the exit raceway of the sawmill. A sun-weary marker describes the event…

 

 

 

Here’s the actual gold discovery site. I looked really close but could not see any gold. Darn…

 

 

 

Here’s a photo of a painting I took in the Visitor’s Center…

 

 

 

 

Finally, here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Sutter’s Mill…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutter%27s_Mill

I took seven other photos which are not shown in this Blog entry. To see all 15  photos…click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/MarshallGoldDiscoveryStateHistoricParkColomaCalifornia#

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 81 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 83 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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