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Columbia State Historic Park

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Address: 11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310
Phone Number: 209-588-9128
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Great place to see Historic California. Has several restaurants and shops. Has a stage coach ride and the first brick two story school house in California.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Macey Z
Livingston, Texas
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Livingston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to see Historic California. Has several restaurants and shops. Has a stage coach ride and the first brick two story school house in California.

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Roseville, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a fun stop if you have kids. They can take a stage coach ride or walk around the old town. You can grab lunch or just walk through the shops and historical buildings.

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very nice small state Park. It consists of two streets that look, and fell, like the early 1900s. There are a few caffes and two restaurants, and the sellers at these shops does wear clothes like the old 1900s. However, the park doesn't have explanations or information about the era and the times of the gold rush.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Columbia State Park and explored the area. There are a number of shops, cafes, and museums to see. There is also gold mining exhibits and gold panning that one can do. We also went to the Fallon House Theater to see State Fair. They have a walking tour of the town at 11:00 a.m. each morning. If... More 

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Santa Rosa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

CA State Parks have restored this old gold mining town and did a wonderful job. Two restored hotels, panning for gold, a working blacksmith, a real stagecoach ride, several restaurants, ice cream shoppes and bars. Museums make this very educational (but don't tell the kids!) We stayed for the old-fashioned 4th of July celebration and really felt like we were... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this little town it was so authentic and friendly we stayed in the historic city hotel and felt like we had been transported back in time He people all in traditional clothes were so friendly and informative it manages to not commercialise to much and the man in the little shop all who are volunteers told me some episodes... More 

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Zephyr Cove, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This little town, located near Sonora, CA off of Hwy 49 is a great day trip for the family or a date. We went recently to find a street filled with many refurbished but 1800s style shops and gold panning attractions. Complete with wooden sidewalks, there are large candy shops, leather stores, horse rides, small restaurants, and more. It is... More 

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Claremont, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This town has been here since about 1856 - never an abandoned ghost town. A lot of fun to walk the street and pretend to go back in time. The small museum is a great place to start and get a good feel for the place. Would be wonderful for children studying California history - gold panning, stagecoach rides, sarsaparilla.... More 

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful part of town to visit. Many of the old buildings are still in tact and operable. Gives you a first hand look at what life was like back in the day. You can see most of it in an hour or two.

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Heading from Yosemite to San Francisco, made a stop here on the recommendation of hotel staff at Sonora Oaks. So glad we went! Kids panned for gold (cheesy but entertained them for an hour), walked on the street of this quaint, restored western town. Costumed interpreters were working in the stores. Took a stage coach ride and got held up... More 

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