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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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Paradise, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It's a bit of fun, not much on the food side, one of the restaurants burnt down, the pub had no food and the mexicain was just ok.

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Roseville, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If you're in the area then stop by Columbia State Park. You'll get a better sense of life during the Gold Rush days than anything in Sacramento. There are many museum like displays as well as people in costumes reenacting life in the 1800s. After touring the town stop at Fallon's ice cream parlor for a well deserved treat. Also,check... More

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San Diego
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

What a perfect place to visit on the 4th of July! We arrived before the official park opening at 10 a.m. to ensure a parking spot. The main street buildings were festooned with red, white, and blue buntings and flags which gave it festive, 19th century flair in preparation for the parade later in the day. Many of the original... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Lots of great history! In addition to the main area of the town, with numerous shops, a couple saloons, and a handful of places to grab a bite, there is an old cemetary and schoolhouse a few blocks away. Worth a visit!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I went during the town's birthday celebration in March. There were many people in period costumes walking around, giving talks, tending stores, playing music. I spoke to several of them and their families have been here for a long time. One lady was in her 80's and wearing some of her grandmother's clothes. There is a hotel you can spend... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My family celebrated 4th of July in Columbia this year. All the old fashion costumes and activities were great for the kids. The parade was super boring and disappointing. Evey group stopped at the announcer while he talked to hear his own voice. Meaning it went really slow and no candy. My kids were very board. Skip the parade and... More

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Citrus Heights, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Columbia State Historic Park takes you back into history to see a real Gold Rush town. We were there on a Monday and went on a free ranger/docent let tour. It was very interesting to hear how gold was discovered and how a water delivery system was constructed to provide a summer water supply for the people and the gold... More

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Portland, Oregon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was our second visit to Columbia, this time without young kids in tow. It was still fun and enchanting to roam the streets of the little mining town--a walk back in time. Loved that the retailers were dressed in old fashioned clothes. We were particularly impressed by the presence of a modern bank in an old building that once... More

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South Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stopped at Columbia on our way back from Yosemite and it was well worth the stop. I only wish we had more time to spend there. We did the gold mining which is a very slow process. My 12 yr old son could have done that for an hour or more if we had more time to spend. You... More

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