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Columbia State Historic Park

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Must visit once

I have been here a few times and it always makes me smile. Great energy and always something new I... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Suzanne E
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A visit to the remnants of a gold rush boom town.

Columbia is a Gold Rush Era town located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310-9425
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have been here a few times and it always makes me smile. Great energy and always something new I didn’t see before.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Suzanne E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Columbia is a Gold Rush Era town located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, California. Columbia was founded in 1850 at the height of the Gold Rush. By 1852 Columbia had already over 150 stores, shops, saloons, and three churches. At the late...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank DovHatayar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to a place that I enjoyed as a kid. Was great to finally make it back there. Ther is always plenty to do there ...visit the museum, watch the iron worker make something, ride the stage coach with it's bit of action, visit...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank fbrown10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This town is a gold mine of shops, restaurants and the largest in the state collection of authentic 1849 structures. We live about an hour and a half away and often drive there for a picnic and to experience the town. Christmas there is special...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Groomfarmgirl
Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

Truly loved the feel of this small little town. The preservation of this “gold” town is very authentic. The people are very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Girasol_2016
Reviewed February 25, 2019

The mines around Columbia produced 60% of the gold during the mid 1800's. The Historic Path consists of several square blocks of preserved buildings; some with static period displays, some with interpretive guides in period apparel. We learned quite a bit about gold mining and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Art S
Reviewed February 13, 2019

It's an authentic Gold Country ghost town but peopled by actors. They have a real stagecoach ride. There's a working saloon, grocery store and restaurant. Great for kids of all ages. Although it's free, I encourage a small donation at the museum.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank carolyng273
Reviewed January 16, 2019

There are so many things to see here and there is no cost. It is a real step back in time.If your in the area do stop by as you won't be disappointed and the restaurants are good.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nonofyourbuisness
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Three of us went up to Columbia for the 3-5pm ghost tour led by Carol. This was her last tour after 30 years of the docent for this! She was great. Good stories, lots of information, a real treat! Everything Columbia offers is top notch....More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank candydawn
Reviewed October 24, 2018

We saw signs to Columbia State Historic Park as we drove to Sonora. After leaving Sonora we decided to take a look and were very surprised at how well the old town was being maintained. Several shops were open that allowed us to take a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank David C
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October 3, 2018|
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Response from mhadreas | Reviewed this property |
It has been years since I did the stagecoach ride, but it is not terribly long... maybe 20 minutes or so.
Dana L
July 27, 2018|
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Response from Shirley F | Reviewed this property |
Hi. No i dont think there was but still worth the visit. You can cool down with a drink in the saloon or an ice cream from the authentic candy shop
Dana L
July 27, 2018|
Response from Sharon V | Reviewed this property |
Only at the restaurants and shops...otherwise, most activities are outdoors.