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Sutter's Mill

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Definition: Mill on the American River near Coloma, California, where gold was discovered by James Marshall on January 24, 1848. The mill was owned by businessman John Sutter. The discovery of gold at his mill sent a shockwave through the country, as thousands of people flocked to California to find their fortunes.

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