Visiting the Gold Rush
California's State Parks include many locations associated with the Gold Rush and early California statehood, including Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, where gold was first found, Malakoff Diggings State Historic Park, the site of hydraulic gold mining in the late 1800s, Empire Mine State Historic Park, one of the richest producers in the Mother Lode, and the California Mining and Mineral Museum. Indian Grinding Rocks State Park, the California State Indian Museum and Sutter's Fort State Historic Park. All depict life in California before the Gold Rush.

Old Sacramento State Historic Park contains sites associated with the Gold Rush, including the Eagle Theatre, a recreation of the first building in California erected as a theater, and the B.F. Hastings Building, a commercial structure which was the western terminus of the Pony Express and site of the California State Supreme Court chambers during the 1850s. Also in Sacramento, the California State Capitol Museum and Governor's Mansion State Historic Park interpret California's early political history. Information on these and other parks can be found at the California State Parks web site, www.cal-parks.ca.gov.