Sutter's Mill: Coloma, California
After hiking the Monroe Ridge Trail last weekend, we decided to continue to explore the little town of Coloma. Our kids (and we) are fascinated with the Gold Rush era, and it's so interesting to explore the pieces of history that are still standing from that time period. It's like a history book coming to life! The hike spilled us out just a few feet short of the ginormous monument to James Marshall. It was so sunny and hot outside, I had a hard time getting a decent photo, but please bear with me. I still had to try to get a photo of California's first monument. Despite the sun, hopefully you can still get an idea of how impressive the monument was!
Here's a little more info about Marshall:
You can read more info about James Marshall on the plaque below. Click on this (or any of my photos) to enlarge them.
It was fun to peer into the windows and check out Marshall's old home. Our little guy was especially interested in the outhouse (behind the cabin).
Several steps away from the cabin was an old church, which was still in beautiful condition, and an old cemetery.
Maybe this was for solitary confinement? It sure looks sturdy! I could put this to some serious use at my house. Kidding, just kidding! :)
A real "Smithy" was inside the blacksmith shop working. Very fun to observe.
Of course he would be drawn to the cannon! Ha ha. Fun times.
It was a very fun day for all of us here in Gold Country! What a great place to explore.