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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 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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: State Parks, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
39 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We spent most of the day here and really enjoyed it. The park (a beautifully preserved old town) has that air of authenticity. We did the short tour which was very informative then generally wandered around just taking in the atmosphere. We could not resist riding on the stage and I even got to ride upfront with the driver who... More 

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San Jose, California
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28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We visited on December 27 and were looking forward to a lunch at one of the "many" eateries. However, only a sandwich shop and one restaurant were open. The restaurant was out of most things because it planned to close "for good" the next day. Staff told us that other businesses were also planning to close. It's a great shame... More 

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Oakdale, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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55 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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 attraction reviews
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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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98 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
61 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Taipei
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89 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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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