California Celebrates: Sesquicentennial of the Gold Rush


The Marshall Gold Discovery State Park celebrated the Sesquicentennial of James Marshall's discovery at Coloma, California in 1998. For this special occasion, the Smithsonian Institution permitted the original gold nugget to travel to the place at which it was first discovered with a museum curator. This would mark the first time the gold nugget had left the museum for any such occasion since the 1860s.


"Gold Discovery Days Sesquicentennial" (1998), located in David Shayt's Gold Nugget File, Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History.