After reading about James Marshall's discovery of Gold at Sutter's Mill, we decided to see the real place. So today's trip to town started in Coloma at the Gold Discovery Historic Park. We watched the blacksmiths work. We dressed up in old fashioned clothes for a photo. We saw the mill. We put our hands in the American River right where Marshall found gold. Then best of all we panned for real gold!! Everyone found several flakes of the real stuff. Finding that gold flake shinning at you in the pan is very exciting.
All in all its a great way to make history tangible. Afterwards we headed to Placerville for laundry, groceries, hardware store, and dinner. Now back to another lovely week in our homey mountain cabin.