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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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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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laid back and educational

walk at your own pace, with lots to see. we have visited many times, fall was great with small crowds. sped the day, great for kids off all ages, and adutls too. stop and bowl... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
mike m
Escondido, California
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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

walk at your own pace, with lots to see. we have visited many times, fall was great with small crowds. sped the day, great for kids off all ages, and adutls too. stop and bowl, you'll see what I mean

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Gingoog City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walking down the streets of Columbia is like days of the old west. Stop at the Black Smith on main street and watch them make items of iron, horseshoes, nails and tools. Head over to the candy kitchen and taste home made goodies, Have a lovely lunch at the city hotel or one of the Bars in town. Go to... More 

Thank Luke T
Yuba City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While taking a day trip up Hwy 49, we decided to stop at Columbia. I hadn't been since I was a kid and it is exactly how I remember it. The stage coach still leaves from the Wells Fargo building, rubber band guns can be found at the gift shops, and cool Sarsaparillas can be enjoyed while walking the wooden... More 

Thank Shelly A
Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can have a great day in Columbia plenty to see even in winter At the weekends a ride on the stage coach is a must but watch out for bandits!!

Thank tony b
San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of fun in authentic settings. Outstanding spot to spend a day and learn fun facts. The streets are packed with costumed employees who replicate the time period and are knowledgeable of the area history. Everyone stays in character and there are walking tours, various shops, concessionaires, animals, rides, etc. One day minimum visit to get a general idea or... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great day out for the whole family. The little town tries to keep with the atmosphere of the old West with plenty of shops and restaurants and things to see. If in the area I would diffantlly do this.

Thank Perry H
Twain Harte, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a family activity or just a nice day for an adult outing. The candy kitchen is the best. Gold o manning, wagon rides, great docents and entertainment. Music and fun, special events going most weekends.

Thank mrssanta2
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Historically same from today as it was when I was a child. Parking lot is bigger but town is the same. Gold panning, ice cream, old buildings all the same.

Thank Rhonda H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

With a large family reunion planned with ages from 6 to 86 years of age, we decided to not only stay in Columbia, but dine here. Everyone had a great time, sometimes breaking into smaller groups to enjoy differing activities. We weren't able to do/see everything in the two days we were there. Stage coach ride was remembered by the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Visit this beautiful Columbia State Historic Park and live your own experience. You do not have to go to Arizona or New Mexico to live the Old Western Style. This one was my third time and I will be back over and over specially on Christmas Season when they even have a Christmas musical and Ice Cream parlor.

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