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Columbia State Historic Park

11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310
209-588-9128
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Prospecting, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The locals were cordial enough and many dressed in period clothes. Several opportunities to learn various facets of the history of gold mining in California including daily life, the mechanics of the process and even how the various races interacted in those days. Lots of historic buildings, several shops to buy everything from groceries to souvenirs. Stop by the Gold... More

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Seafield
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Ours is a village built to serve a shale mining community and we've been on tours of coal mines, lead mines and silver mines. Time for a bit of gold mining history. The kids loved the 19th century wooden 'bowling alley' and the Ranger Tour was good and covered all the basics. The kids loved panning for gold: it kept... More

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Alphen aan den Rijn
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144 reviews 144 reviews
64 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This park shows you the life of gold diggers in the second half of the 19th century. There are lots of things you can do: ride shotgun on a stagecoach, good panning, candle dipping, visit numerous shops (the candyshop is lovely, but every shop is worth a visit). All the shopkeepers, rangers etc. are extremely nice and helpful. The ranger... More

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London, United Kingdom
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82 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is not quite a ghost town, nor is it a theme park. Real people do live here and there are real functioning businesses. However, all the businesses (even the functioning bank) have all their employees dressed in period costume. Some buildings are just museum pieces and you can go in and look around. We visited mid-week and the town... More

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Columbia State Historic Park is one of my favourite places, with the old buildings, quaint shops and museums. The Sweet Shop is great with lovely hand made chocolates. Also Columbia Kate's Teahouse is a great place for lunch and they do lovely teas, including cream teas!

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Stockton, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Thank you California for preserving the history of gold rush era in this fabulous setting. Enjoyed the street characters and buzz. Attended the Fallon House Theater production followed by ice cream at theater parlor. Delightful day. Even met a gentleman from Japan who is bicycling from SFO to NYC. Never know who you'll meet on the streets of the old... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was our favorite of the gold rush era parks...a beautifully preserved gold rush town. Lots of quaint shops, blacksmith shop and other interesting little places. Terrific gold panning experience for our 2 grandsons! They got a lesson and guaranteed gold and garnets in their pan of dirt ($12 each, definitely worth it!). They had a great time and the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you're at all interested in what life was like during the gold rush, a visit to Columbia will be quite satisfying to you. The main drag and shops all look very much like they did during the gold rush era (without being totally touristy and cheesy) - there's a livery, a blacksmith shop, etc. - and many of the... More

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Vacaville, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Took our two kids, ages 8 & 11, for the day. Enjoyed panning for gold, making candles, tour of the City Hotel, and lunch at the Bixel Brewery. Definitely recommend their $6 pizzas! Great deal & great hand-made pizza. All the docents and shop owners were really friendly. Made for an exceptional day in spite of the 104 degree weather.... More

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Paradise, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our church group stayed at the 49er RV Park close to the Columbia State Park. This was a fun place and was featured on TV as a great California Gold destination. The State Park was a Great experience in stepping back in time. The park shop owners were very friendly and informative of the history of Columbia and most allowed... More

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