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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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We enjoy it a lot there, a city of the old west, we went in the legendary diligence where moved from states to states travelers , something interesting and surprising happens... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We enjoy it a lot there, a city of the old west, we went in the legendary diligence where moved from states to states travelers , something interesting and surprising happens, cute activity for adults and children , we saw a men doing a horseshoe with fire, a dentist center, a drugs store and lounges, bars to drink and eat... More 

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Davis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It's a fun place to explore and share with family and friends. It's an authentic gold rush town. Lots to see -- school house, old jail, old theater, old-fashioned shops, old saloons, Wells Fargo office and coach rides, blacksmith shop, and panning for gold,

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Tunbridge Wells
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We spent a morning in Columbia with our two children aged 11 and 8. We had a brilliant time, wandering around the town and learning about the gold rush. It was free to go there, although we spent money on gold panning, which the children loved. They managed to find some gold flecks and crystals in the water and went... More 

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Patterson, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Nicely restored gold rush town. A lot of neat little exhibits to look at and read. Staff and volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly. And the robbery on the stagecoach ride is a nice touch for the younger visitors.

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We slept one night in the City Hotel and loves the place. The interior is very sophisticated and give you the experience you booked 100 years ago. The beds and showers are certainly not that old since we had a very good night. You can use the balcony to drink your coffee in the morning and there are board games... More 

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Ko Samui, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Columbia is a town where people live, hence it is a free entry state park, Really a great day visit for Even young children, you do pay for extra attractions like the Stage coach ride , panning for gold, other attractions like visiting the Jail or school are free, also many shops, some of which are over priced. Only Negative... More 

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Sacramento
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We've driven past Columbia countless times, but this time we had enough extra time to stop. What a nice little town. It's a great Gold Rush era town with great shops and eateries. What's really nice--and highly unusual, I might add--is that those shops and restaurants won't break the bank. The folks walking around in period costume is a nice... More 

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Newcastle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Columbia State Historic Park is a fun and interesting look at an authentic mid-nineteeth century gold rush town. We did the self-guided walking tour, and enjoyed reading about the history of prospectors discovering gold here, and the town growing to more than 150 stores, shops, saloons and other businesses. Many of these still stand and can be visited. The displays... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I absolutely love coming here! I've been coming here my whole life and now I bring my kids. It's a great day trip and they have an old fashion candy store which we always make sure to go. It's a great historical site and there's lots of history to learn! The blacksmith will add your name to a horse shoe... More 

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Waldorf, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Great little state park. We panned for gold and gems which was a lot of fun and kid friendly. Then we walked up and down the old fashioned boardwalk, lots of historical items and was fun seeing people dressed in the time period!

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