Partners In History

Partners In History (HMB99)

Location: Garden Valley, CA 95633 El Dorado County
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N 38° 48.156', W 120° 53.557'

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Friday, Aug. 27, 1847?made a contract and entered in partnership with Marshall for a sawmill to be built on the Amer. Fork.

So wrote John Augustus Sutter, methodically recording the agreement that led to California's astonishing gold rush. Sutter left Germany for the United States in 1834, after several years in the Midwest, reached the Sacramento Valley in 1839. A year later he received a 48,000-acre land grant from the Mexican government and began creating a small empire near the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers.

Sutter needed lumber to expand his fort and a partner to help built a sawmill. He joined forces with James Wilson Marshall, a carpenter from New Jersey, and construction began in the fall of 1847. Marshall had almost finished the sawmill when he found gold in the tailrace. Ironically, the discovery that enriched so many brought ruin to its key figures - both Marshall and Sutter died in near-poverty.
HM NumberHMB99
Placed ByMarshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 12:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 682996 N 4296980
Decimal Degrees38.80260000, -120.89261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.156', W 120° 53.557'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 9.36" N, 120° 53' 33.42" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1365 Gold Discovery Loop Trail, Garden Valley CA 95633, US
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