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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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Interesting Old miners town. .

The columbia state park was a fun visit for my mom and I. It basically has taken all these old buildings from a mining/cowboy town and fixed them up. Some are full of relics of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Grover Beach, California
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Grover Beach, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The columbia state park was a fun visit for my mom and I. It basically has taken all these old buildings from a mining/cowboy town and fixed them up. Some are full of relics of the past and most are full of stores and eateries. Two very interesting old hotels are available for a stay. We were there for Easter... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Not exactly authentic display, mostly tourist traps. For adults there are few interesting ancient stuff to see, but doesn't worth the visit.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

The major bonus to Columbia us that it is free. We visited from Sonora for the afternoon, had lunch in the salon, had a wander through the town and my husband also had a gold panning lesson. It's a bit of a tourist trap but we had s good time and John who taught the gold panning was knowledgable and... More 

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Alamo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a very well run California State park with great historical events for children and adults. Admission is free with plenty of parking but you pay for activities like the stage coach ride or gold panning. The old buildings, school and surrounding rock formations are great for exploring. The video sharing the history of the town is very informative.... More 

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Emeryville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Went here for the bouldering with some friends (great bouldering). We walked into the main street and it was very amusing. Probably good for a half-day visit (at most) as an adult. Not a ton to do, but it's interesting. Blacksmith, saloon, carriage rides, old jail, old-timey photos.

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Bishop, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I think I was expecting something that was a little more of just an exhibit. So it was really enjoyable that there was a working saloon, working candy, coffee and gift shops. The bowling lane was a lot of fun. Seemed like we must have been there at a good time as someone in December seemed to bemoan that things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Great parking. Kids LOVE the gold panning for gold and gems which is $5 for all day fun. The museum is a great place to start. Watch the video in the museum. They had a ranger talk at 11AM that wasn't advertised. Make sure to try bowling, too.

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Gaston, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Columbia State Historic Park is a place not to be missed. Learn to pan for gold and gems there. Also tour the city and read all the information about this time in history. Don't miss the ice cream shop. Also try the Sarsaparilla drink. It was a perfect sunny day in March to visit the city.

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Fiddletown, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I haven't been here for over 20 years and it hasn't changed. A nice collection of buildings and artifacts that let you get the feel of an old mining town.

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Columbia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Columbia State Historic Park is a true gem, and it takes you back to the mid 1800's. The historic part of old town is well preserved, reach in history. Visit Columbia Junior College, the grounds are perfect for a short stroll around campus. Also worth your time is St. Anne's Church, the oldest church in California. Visit Columbia Cemetery and... More 

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