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Columbia State Historic Park

11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310
209-588-9128
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Ranked #2 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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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 NEW

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 NEW

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
25 helpful votes 25 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
63 helpful votes 63 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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112 reviews 112 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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Ottawa, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Free parking, free admittance, and history of California's gold rush era. State of Calif has done a good job of trying to maintain the original one block town. If you are up in the area definitely worth while... Do not travel hours to see but combine it with a trip to Yosemite or the Big Sequoia Red Wood trees, or... More

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Pittsburg, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great place to spend the afternoon with your family. There is something for everyone here! They have gold panning, exhibits, stage coach ride and other activities such as bowling. Nice places to eat, a haunted ice cream parlor and a play house (shows)!

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The locals were cordial enough and many dressed in period clothes. Several opportunities to learn various facets of the history of gold mining in California including daily life, the mechanics of the process and even how the various races interacted in those days. Lots of historic buildings, several shops to buy everything from groceries to souvenirs. Stop by the Gold... More

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Seafield
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Ours is a village built to serve a shale mining community and we've been on tours of coal mines, lead mines and silver mines. Time for a bit of gold mining history. The kids loved the 19th century wooden 'bowling alley' and the Ranger Tour was good and covered all the basics. The kids loved panning for gold: it kept... More

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