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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: Group tours/walking tour, Prospecting
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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Great Historic Town!

Columbia is an old mining town from the 1850s that has been preserved by the State of California. No motor vehicles are allowing, just horse-drawn vehicles! There are lots of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Columbia is an old mining town from the 1850s that has been preserved by the State of California. No motor vehicles are allowing, just horse-drawn vehicles! There are lots of old time shops and exhibits, some good restaurants, cafes and ice-cream shops. There are stage-coach rides and gold panning. Great for families with kids but now that our kids are... More 

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Pinole, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Quaint little town--the whole town is a state park. It is one of my favorite places to go. Lots of cute little shops, historical displays, gold panning demonstrations, stage coach rides, theatre, haunted hotel, and more. A great family destination.

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Hayward
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This was my 2nd time to this great "town". I love the shops and how the workers all dress in period clothing. We took the stage coach ride this time, and were surprised to be "held up" by a bandit. He was looking for candy, but fortunately for the kids - we hadn't made a stop at Nelson's Candy Kitchen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We loved old town Columbia, we walked through all the shops and looked at everything. The candy shop is awesome, they make every kind of fudge you can think of which I love fudge so of course we bought several kinds. Everyone is so friendly. We stopped in at the old jail. Now that's a old jail, very interesting. There... More 

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Oakdale, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Free is my favorite four letter word and the State Park and old town has no admission charge. Parking is also free. We have been there in all seasons and there is a difference. If you can make it a summer visit there will more stores and restaurants. In the winter things go dormant though the candy store seems to... More 

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Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Hope they keep it just like it is - just the right amount to see and do. Not overloaded with tourist gift shops, just enough to make it interesting and not take away from the rich historical content. Don.t miss out on getting a schedule of events for the area- something fun is happening every weekend! This is a family... More 

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Tainan, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We've been to Columbia several times, each of which was to visit friends who actually live right outside the park. We just walk from their home to the city/park. Each time we go there, we see and learn a bit more about the history of the gold mining there and the people involved in it. I don't know that I'd... More 

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Lexington, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Got to bring my children to my favorite place from when I was young. Was sad to see a couple of stores closed--but there were a couple of new additions! the candy shop is a must of course, and we went to the museum and the leather goods store on the corner (got some souvenirs) We walked around and then....went... More 

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Oroville, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Being a history buff, I have to say, I was a bit disappointed by this place. I didn't mind the whole open air museum thing, but I felt it was a bit too commercialized, unlike Bodie, which I visited in the past, and really enjoyed. I stopped here as part of a Memorial Day weekend road trip, and of all... More 

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Cotati, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We visited this park the first time late in the day and everything was closing up. We went back the next day and had such an interesting time. There is an mix of regular businesses and historic displays. Most of the business do very well conveying their connection to the history of the area. Some are more touristy but I... 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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