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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
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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133 reviews 133 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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89 attraction reviews
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Columbia is probably the best introduction to the Gold Rush towns, just 2 miles south to Sonora. This town was known to be one of the wealthiest towns of California during 1850 and 1860, gold being discovered in early 1850. Dr Hildreth, aided by his team is reported to have picked up 35 pounds of gold in just 2 days... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This town was built about 1852 and was part of the gold rush. It is the old western timber buildings maintained and run as they used to be. There are inns, jail, school, shops etc. The car has been banned from the streets and at the weekend you can ride in or on the stagecoach. A real must see place.

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Felton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

If you want a taste of what life was like in "early California", then visit Columbia. From the stories of the old West to riding the stagecoach, this town never fails to enthrall visitors. Plus, remember that it's a California State Park and, as such, needs your support. So go visit a Park!!

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