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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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Redding, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
29 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Lots of historic and restored buildings! Self tours are FREE! Greed of Gold miners is seen in the dredging of the entire town! Many trails and shops. Music in the street.

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Incline Village, Nevada
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110 reviews 110 reviews
38 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Great for the whole family. Lots of interesting stuff like an old blacksmith shop. Stage rides and a interesting shops and museums. Pan for gold. Talk about the gold rush with the locals shop keepers. See the real Wells Fargo stage office.

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Ottawa, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Free parking, free admittance, and history of California's gold rush era. State of Calif has done a good job of trying to maintain the original one block town. If you are up in the area definitely worth while... Do not travel hours to see but combine it with a trip to Yosemite or the Big Sequoia Red Wood trees, or... More

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Pittsburg, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great place to spend the afternoon with your family. There is something for everyone here! They have gold panning, exhibits, stage coach ride and other activities such as bowling. Nice places to eat, a haunted ice cream parlor and a play house (shows)!

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The locals were cordial enough and many dressed in period clothes. Several opportunities to learn various facets of the history of gold mining in California including daily life, the mechanics of the process and even how the various races interacted in those days. Lots of historic buildings, several shops to buy everything from groceries to souvenirs. Stop by the Gold... More

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Seafield
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Ours is a village built to serve a shale mining community and we've been on tours of coal mines, lead mines and silver mines. Time for a bit of gold mining history. The kids loved the 19th century wooden 'bowling alley' and the Ranger Tour was good and covered all the basics. The kids loved panning for gold: it kept... More

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Alphen aan den Rijn
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144 reviews 144 reviews
64 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This park shows you the life of gold diggers in the second half of the 19th century. There are lots of things you can do: ride shotgun on a stagecoach, good panning, candle dipping, visit numerous shops (the candyshop is lovely, but every shop is worth a visit). All the shopkeepers, rangers etc. are extremely nice and helpful. The ranger... More

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London, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
82 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is not quite a ghost town, nor is it a theme park. Real people do live here and there are real functioning businesses. However, all the businesses (even the functioning bank) have all their employees dressed in period costume. Some buildings are just museum pieces and you can go in and look around. We visited mid-week and the town... More

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Columbia State Historic Park is one of my favourite places, with the old buildings, quaint shops and museums. The Sweet Shop is great with lovely hand made chocolates. Also Columbia Kate's Teahouse is a great place for lunch and they do lovely teas, including cream teas!

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Stockton, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Thank you California for preserving the history of gold rush era in this fabulous setting. Enjoyed the street characters and buzz. Attended the Fallon House Theater production followed by ice cream at theater parlor. Delightful day. Even met a gentleman from Japan who is bicycling from SFO to NYC. Never know who you'll meet on the streets of the old... More

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