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Columbia State Historic Park

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Address: 11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310-9425
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+1 209-588-9128
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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Historical Gold Rush Town

We enjoyed being able to walk around and check out various shops. They also have several mini museums about the history of the area. My daughter loved trying to pan for gold and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Loreli H
Palmdale, California
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Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed being able to walk around and check out various shops. They also have several mini museums about the history of the area. My daughter loved trying to pan for gold and she really enjoyed the mini inside bowling using heavy metal balls. Lunch at Columbia House was excellent.

Thank Loreli H
Sonora, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Come see this authentic gold rush town with blacksmith, restaurants, theatre, stage coach rides and gunfights!

Thank William F
Martinez, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sadly this park has deteriorated a little over the years. The wagon ride is still running and great for kids as is the gold panning and blacksmith shop. There are still a lot of shops to visit, but some of the shops are closed now, probably simply not enough visitors. It is still a nice place to visit if you... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed wandering through this historical mining town/state park. There were numerous buildings all along Main Street with some housing current businesses, like a general store and blacksmith, and others set up to look like they would have in the 1850's, like the stage coach office, bank, and dentist office. We were there on a Monday, so some buildings... More 

Thank DebJ60
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Columbia is the best-preserved California Gold Rush town. As part of a State Historic Park, there are many interesting exhibits and displays. As part of a living 1850s town there are merchants selling books, antiques, period clothing as well as souvenirs. There are also restaurants/food servers, gold panning, a stagecoach ride and more for families. And, admission is free. Photo... More 

Thank RomanTGnome
Oakdale, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We ate at the Columbia House Restaurant. The food was mediocre at best. Both soups were so thick you could eat them with a fork. And the Split Pea soup was way too salty (couldn't eat it). When inquiring with the server about the soup we were told it would be $1 or $1.49 to add a cup of soup... More 

Thank californiavette
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

If you enjoy historical sites than this is a must visit! As soon as you walk into the town you feel like you have stepped into the early 1900's. There are many open shops, restaurants and saloons. The blacksmith will make custom items while you wait. You can take a wagon ride through the town. We didn't go but the... More 

Thank Tammy F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 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.

Thank Catmama15
Hayward, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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.

Thank Ann H
Highland, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 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.

Thank indianatones

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