Johann Augustus Sutter

The Construction Of Sutter’s Sawmill Lead To The Discovery Of Gold in California

Sutter’s Mill In 1850, two years after gold was discovered at the site.

In 1847, Johann Augustus Sutter hired James Wilson Marshall to construct a sawmill along the south fork of the American River in Colma, California.

Photograph of Johann Augustus Sutter

On January 24, 1848 James brought a lump of gold from the sawmill construction site, to Sutter to be tested. That lump ended up being pure gold.

Photograph of James Wilson Marshall.

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