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Columbia State Historic Park

11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310
209-588-9128
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Ranked #1 of 7 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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Derby, United Kingdom
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183 reviews 183 reviews
89 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
23 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
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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Mariposa, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

A family fun trip for all ages! The park is well-maintained and the Gold Rush history preserved. The museum and school house are WONDERFUL!

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Ipswich, England.
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

We arrived late in the afternoon, so many of the shops were closing, however we did manage to get a ride on the stagecoach, which was brilliant, we paid extra to ride shotgun, so much fun. What we did see was interesting and entertaining, we'll worth an afternoons visit. Very few places to eat in columbia (evening meal), we had... More

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Mill Valley, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Our two families spent a lovely afternoon panning for gold, dipping candles, shopping at the general store, walking the town's main street, looking at the historic buildings, and eating "old time" snacks of ice cream, nuts, and candy. Although it was a Saturday in August, it wasn't mobbed by tourists. We felt like we had discovered someplace special - with... More

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Hayward ca
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My Grandson Ryan whom was 8 years old, my daughter and Ryan's Dad visited in February 2014. Unfortunately most things were closed" as it was not tourist season, but what was open was fantastic.... I would like to re-visit during "UGH" Tourist season... but I think it would still be fun, exciting, enlightening and adventurous...and I especially like the fact... More

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Valley, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Great day trip to explore. There are lots of activities for kids, such as gold panning, and old bowling lane the kids can play with, many cute stores, friendly people - some in costumes, and the rock park is the highlight for kids. Great place to spend the day without having to pay top $ and where kids will have... More

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Victorville, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Went here with my husband and 2 1/2 year old son. We had a nice picnic lunch then went panning for gold. $10 was reasonable because it kept us busy for at least an hour and my son loved playing with the rocks in the water. We took a stroll up main street and bought ice creams at the general... More

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Redding, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
29 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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113 reviews 113 reviews
38 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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