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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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Small Quaint Town

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.

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

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

My husband and I stopped off at this historic state park the day before we went to Yosemite. It is refreshingly different & you can enjoy "panning for Gold" or taking a ride on a horse buggy in front of the Old Wells Fargo Bank. The people who work there dress up with clothing from that era & it's really... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday in late February, a perfect time to tour this old West mining town. But sadly, " off season" , most was shut down, no stagecoach running, no costumed " townspeople", no tours. Buildings were open, but no real exhibits to speak of ( except for the small museum, which was open) . Even the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We spent most of the day here and really enjoyed it. The park (a beautifully preserved old town) has that air of authenticity. We did the short tour which was very informative then generally wandered around just taking in the atmosphere. We could not resist riding on the stage and I even got to ride upfront with the driver who... More 

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We visited on December 27 and were looking forward to a lunch at one of the "many" eateries. However, only a sandwich shop and one restaurant were open. The restaurant was out of most things because it planned to close "for good" the next day. Staff told us that other businesses were also planning to close. It's a great shame... More 

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Oakdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I have been visiting this town since I was in elementary school, going here on field trips. I now have children of my own and have chaperoned several times. Just visited again with relatives from out of the state, and it was neat to view the town through their eyes. Big large parking lot to park. Walk up the front... More 

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Hickman, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My husband and I signed up for the evening lamplight tour and not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised. They combined a history lesson with humor, drama, and old fashioned Christmas charm. We had a thoroughly wonderful time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

It is a restored gold rush town where the shopkeepers and locals dress up in 1850s style dressing. We took a stagecoach ride and a robber stopped us to check if we were carrying any gold. It was pretty entertaining! The candy store was a big hit with us and so were the musicians playing music by the roadside. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Amazingly restored and maintained by the California State Parks Department. Great for a day trip to check out the old historic buildings, pan for gold, buy soap & candles. I have been to this place thrice and I can visit it again. One goal is to spend a night as the historic City Hotel sometime soon. Great place to relive... More 

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