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Columbia State Historic Park

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Address: 11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310-9425
Phone Number: +1 209-588-9128
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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This historic Gold Rush town was made a state park in 1945. Between the...

This historic Gold Rush town was made a state park in 1945. Between the 1850s and 1870s over one-half billion dollars in gold (at today's value) was mined in the area.

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Nice town. Could have more open shops.

Great little town. The buildings that were open were interesting. Many were closed. Walked from one end to the other. Tried our hand at gold panning. (No luck). Kate's Tea house... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little town. The buildings that were open were interesting. Many were closed. Walked from one end to the other. Tried our hand at gold panning. (No luck). Kate's Tea house was great for lunch. Shops that were open had unique items.

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

from feeding chickens to panning for gold and everything in between. Employees are dressed in period clothing and are a world of information. Nice museum and displays of various businesses throughout the town, some with live demonstrations or active participation.

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Highland, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Sunday in November so there were no crowds. It would be more fun with younger kids who could take the stage coach ride and watch the blacksmith at work. Ate at the local saloon which was good. Lots of locals at the bar so it must double as a local place to wine and dine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful day trip from Angels Camp CA which is 15 miles away. Ate lunch in Columbia, had beer and pizza at the old saloon- reasonable and tasty Walked the old town and enjoyed the town history.

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked around the town and felt like we were in the old west. The blacksmith uses horseshoes to make anything you want out of them. He made tables, trees and coat hangers.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We visited on a quiet Monday in October. Parking was easy. The shops/bars and restaurants were open. Horse drawn carriage was also available. The historic buildings are a delight. Car free roads. Enjoyed the whole experience, you can imagine being here in the goldrush period!

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Ware, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

In nice way to spend morning wandering into the various shops, saloons and historic buildings. We went on a Sunday so they had various stalls and wares for sale. We had a drink in one of the saloons and they even had a man playing some old saloon tunes on an out of tune piano. It gave it an air... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We spent a few hours in Columbia on a crisp fall day. Arriving just before the park opens at 10:00, we found easy parking and the Main Street uncrowded. Columbia was the site of one of the largest mines during the Gold Rush. Although the original wooden-built town burned twice, it was rebuilt with brick structures, many of which survive... More 

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I really enjoyed spending a couple of days in Columbia. We stayed in one of the cottages, which along with the City Hotel, are under the State Park system. The town is very walk-able and has lots of businesses and docents that represent the 1850's life in rural California. It was very quiet while we were there, but I expect... More 

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Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We stumbled onto this town while traveling north along the western side of the Sierras. What a great hidden place. Everything was just as it was over 150 years ago. Great place to take adults and children alike. There is something for everyone.

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