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Columbia State Historic Park

Address: 11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310
Phone Number: 209-588-9128
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Cultural
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...
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Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Cultural
Activities: Prospecting, Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Oakdale, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I have been visiting this town since I was in elementary school, going here on field trips. I now have children of my own and have chaperoned several times. Just visited again with relatives from out of the state, and it was neat to view the town through their eyes. Big large parking lot to park. Walk up the front... More 

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Hickman, CA
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48 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My husband and I signed up for the evening lamplight tour and not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised. They combined a history lesson with humor, drama, and old fashioned Christmas charm. We had a thoroughly wonderful time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

It is a restored gold rush town where the shopkeepers and locals dress up in 1850s style dressing. We took a stagecoach ride and a robber stopped us to check if we were carrying any gold. It was pretty entertaining! The candy store was a big hit with us and so were the musicians playing music by the roadside. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Amazingly restored and maintained by the California State Parks Department. Great for a day trip to check out the old historic buildings, pan for gold, buy soap & candles. I have been to this place thrice and I can visit it again. One goal is to spend a night as the historic City Hotel sometime soon. Great place to relive... More 

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Swindon
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We detoured to visit this place after reading reviews and we were really looking forward to visiting an 'old west' town but we were both really disappointed here. We visited in early October and it was classed as out of season so a visit during a busier time may be better. When we visited the shops were open but there... More 

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Umea, Sweden
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9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The park really felt like an old gold mining town with many beautifully preserved buildings. It was not easy to get there as it was a bit poorly signposted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Columbia State Historic Park is absolutely charming and full of interesting history. You can stroll around at your own pace or take a tour. The people in period clothes and the impressive stagecoach really make it special. They host a variety of excellent events throughout the year, which are always run very well. There are a few very nice shops... More 

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Taipei
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Essentially California started here. Great place to see what this region used to be during the gold rush. Take a good solid 1-2 hours to check out this place. You won't regret it.

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We had a great time here - the stage coach ride was a highlight. The shopkeepers are all in period dress, which makes wandering around fun and everyone was very friendly. This is a great destination for a family trip, couples trip, or a girls' trip like ours.

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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Visited this fabulous little town twice in one week in Sept. On the Tuesday we found it was very quiet there. The gold panning and stage coach were not operating during the week only weekends from Sept on. Found a great tea shop to have lunch on both days (Katies). We went back on the Friday specifically to take a... More 

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