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Columbia State Historic Park

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Address: 11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310
Phone Number: 209-588-9128
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Prospecting
Description: 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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Great historical attraction and it's free!

We wanted to take a time out from all the hiking, during our Yosemite trip, so we ended up checking out Columbia State Historic Park. I saw a sign for it off a major road in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Santa Clarita, California
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Santa Clarita, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We wanted to take a time out from all the hiking, during our Yosemite trip, so we ended up checking out Columbia State Historic Park. I saw a sign for it off a major road in Groveland. It consists of a few blocks of a recreation of stores/buildings during the gold rush days-life in the 1800s. Depending on the time/day,... More 

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Davis, California
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172 reviews 172 reviews
26 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Columbia State Historic Park is a wonderful re-creation of sights and sounds of gold-rush days. The stage coach will take you past huge boulders, and sometimes there is a hold-up - you never know. The Candy Kitchen, City Hotel, and Fallon House are favorites. The Fallon House (theater) has a wonderful bar where you can't get whiskey, but they sell... More 

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Turlock, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Love coming here with the family. Plenty to see and do. Gold panning is fun. Candy shop,Ice cream parlor,and gift shops. Walk around and get the feeling of history.

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Novato, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Want to see what California life was like in the 1800's? Pack up your family and bring them here. A slice of the 19th century, the Columbia State Park has lots to offer, from stagecoach rides to old fashioned candy, from gold panning to blacksmithing. There are docents everywhere in period costumes, ready and willing to tell you about like... More 

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Grover Beach, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The columbia state park was a fun visit for my mom and I. It basically has taken all these old buildings from a mining/cowboy town and fixed them up. Some are full of relics of the past and most are full of stores and eateries. Two very interesting old hotels are available for a stay. We were there for Easter... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Not exactly authentic display, mostly tourist traps. For adults there are few interesting ancient stuff to see, but doesn't worth the visit.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The major bonus to Columbia us that it is free. We visited from Sonora for the afternoon, had lunch in the salon, had a wander through the town and my husband also had a gold panning lesson. It's a bit of a tourist trap but we had s good time and John who taught the gold panning was knowledgable and... More 

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Alamo, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a very well run California State park with great historical events for children and adults. Admission is free with plenty of parking but you pay for activities like the stage coach ride or gold panning. The old buildings, school and surrounding rock formations are great for exploring. The video sharing the history of the town is very informative.... More 

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Emeryville, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Went here for the bouldering with some friends (great bouldering). We walked into the main street and it was very amusing. Probably good for a half-day visit (at most) as an adult. Not a ton to do, but it's interesting. Blacksmith, saloon, carriage rides, old jail, old-timey photos.

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Bishop, California
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I think I was expecting something that was a little more of just an exhibit. So it was really enjoyable that there was a working saloon, working candy, coffee and gift shops. The bowling lane was a lot of fun. Seemed like we must have been there at a good time as someone in December seemed to bemoan that things... More 

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