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Columbia State Historic Park

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11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310-9425
+1 209-588-9128
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This is an old gold rush town that has been preserved. Historic building with very nice displays... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wonderfully interesting site!

Even though it was a scorcher of a day, the shade of the trees and overhanging rooflines made it... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310-9425
+1 209-588-9128
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an old gold rush town that has been preserved. Historic building with very nice displays and people in period costumes working in the shops.

Thank sndovale
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though it was a scorcher of a day, the shade of the trees and overhanging rooflines made it very bearable. Love, love, loved the Visitor's Center, the stagecoach, the Fallon Theater, the blacksmith shop, and the saddlery! The old schoolhouse on the hill and...More

Thank bonjour2u
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stopped in this restaurant because there was a good selection on the menu. We knew they had poor reviews but we felt that we should give them a try anyway. Our order was a hamburger and a salad. We waited an...More

Thank 436cheryl
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you see some of the old buildings of the past. It just amazes me the time these old barns have around. One of the shops called Elber's leather and saddlery emporium . The shop is so nice with leather goods and other time items...More

Thank Randy V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wandered around the town of this state park and enjoyed every minute of it. There are interesting exhibits and shops alike. You could try your hand at gold panning and a Stage coach ride.

Thank Angela B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This unique state park is actually a living city. Many of the historic buildings are occupied by businesses selling period and current products. Some buildings are open with period settings and interpretation. You have an opportunity to take a stagecoach ride and pan for gold!...More

Thank Dancisak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If traveling through, this is a nice place to stretch the legs. Recommend a quick walk down the main drag. Grab some ice cream. The video at the visitor center details water’s role in the gold rush and was somewhat interesting. Rock formations just north...More

1  Thank ctc10s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cute little town with lots of shops, museums and points of interest showing candle dipping, blacksmith, the old school house, the old grocery store, and plenty of restaurants. The main part of town itself is free of vehicles so it makes it very safe to...More

1  Thank ouilv2travel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here twice now. Wonderful place to visit with family. The best things to do here were the climbing on the rocks at the bottom part of town, free bowling for the kids, shaved ice & ice cream, and checking out the different shops....More

Thank Timothy Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great park to learn about Columbia and the gold history!!! We enjoyed our time we spent in the park and the history about the gold.My husband had a great time showing kids how to gold pan there!! The buildings and stores were wonderful and very...More

Thank Lainers60
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Will it worth a two to three days trip in Columbia State Historic Park ? Any other attractions in that area?
May 23, 2017|
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Response from GRS-SJS | Reviewed this property |
I'd say one day is all you'll need. Check Trip Advisor for other attractions you might enjoy seeing. It is also a big wine area and lots of old gold towns near by.
How much time should 3 adults plan on spending at Columbia? What is the time of the last stage coach ride on May 19th? Will the stage coach ride be available May 18th? Lastly how long is the ride?Thanks
May 5, 2017|
Response from indianatones | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I cannot tell you about the stagecoach, but I can say that even if you plan to eat there the longest you would need would be 2-3 hours.
Is there an opportunity to try gold panning? How is the terrain for an 80 year old ?
October 16, 2016|
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Response from frequent1 | Reviewed this property |
It's a touristy pay to pan slough with about 5 levels. It's man-made. Lots of tourists like to do the experience. there is a subtle incline in the gold panning site but not hard and the rest of the town is pretty flat. If... More