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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: Prospecting, Group tours/walking tour
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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A really fun spot to walk around in a Gold Rush setting

We've driven past Columbia countless times, but this time we had enough extra time to stop. What a nice little town. It's a great Gold Rush era town with great shops and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We've driven past Columbia countless times, but this time we had enough extra time to stop. What a nice little town. It's a great Gold Rush era town with great shops and eateries. What's really nice--and highly unusual, I might add--is that those shops and restaurants won't break the bank. The folks walking around in period costume is a nice... More 

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Newcastle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Columbia State Historic Park is a fun and interesting look at an authentic mid-nineteeth century gold rush town. We did the self-guided walking tour, and enjoyed reading about the history of prospectors discovering gold here, and the town growing to more than 150 stores, shops, saloons and other businesses. Many of these still stand and can be visited. The displays... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I absolutely love coming here! I've been coming here my whole life and now I bring my kids. It's a great day trip and they have an old fashion candy store which we always make sure to go. It's a great historical site and there's lots of history to learn! The blacksmith will add your name to a horse shoe... More 

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Waldorf, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Great little state park. We panned for gold and gems which was a lot of fun and kid friendly. Then we walked up and down the old fashioned boardwalk, lots of historical items and was fun seeing people dressed in the time period!

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Stockton, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Some interesting history. Really cute shops. Gold panning was funny for older kids but little ones got flustered quickly. We went on a weekend when the volunteers were dressed in period clothing.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We were on a road trip around California and planned a visit here into our itinerary. We had already visited Bode and really enjoyed it there so we were really excited about visiting Columbia. We were en-route from Mariposa to San Francisco and made sure our route took us to Columbia. It's located off Highway 49. We fed the coordinates... More 

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went to Columbia with our 6 and 8 year olds and had a fabulous time! We did a three hour gold panning adventure in Jamestown, then went to Columbia for candle dipping, a Western photo shoot and a wagon ride. As California natives, it was a great educational and fun trip for our children, and took us adults back... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We got to the park right as it opened, enjoyed the quaintness of the town. We took a wagon ride, had a mug of sarsaparilla at the saloon, and panned for gold. The park is clean and well laid out, and it's free entrance...You do have to pay for the extras mentioned above. Overall, a fun way to spend a... More 

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Woodland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I visited Columbia State Park on the park's anniversary July 18. There was a celebration with 2 bands, a ukele band and a 20 piece jazz band. Fantastic! Good place for families with elementary age children. There is gold panning, stagecoach ride, free tour, cemetary, shops and reataurants.I stayed in cottage 3 (2 other cottages and historical hotel are available)... More 

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Oakley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Columbia seems to be the gold rush town that time forgot. Everything is pretty much how It was in the 1800's. Back in the 80's the streets were still dirt and that added to the feel. They have since paved the streets so its lost a bit of its charm, but is now accessible year round without the muddy streets... More 

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Additional Information about Columbia State Historic Park

Address: 11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310
Phone Number: 209-588-9128
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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