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“The Old West still exists!”

Columbia State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Mariposa, CA
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“The Old West still exists!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

An authentic 1800's town that has been preserved with easy access parking but no cars allowed on the main streets. The push button mini-museums intermingled with old time stores are fun to brouse. My favorites are watching the candy cane making at the candy store and the blacksmith demonstrations. My grand-kids love the gold panning area and the caves.

Visited August 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Gold rush town in the placer mining district”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

We visited when the park was not busy, and arrived just as the shops opened for the day. The preservation and restoration of old towns is important in educating the public about history. The state has done an excellent job here, even to the point of having real businesses in the storefronts.

As a geologist, I find that the ability to pan for gold (for a steep price) brings home how hard those 49ers worked. You can even see areas where gravel and sand were washed away by the miners, leaving large irregular boulders of bedrock showing how much the landscape was changed.

The little museum has fine historical artifacts and even a few gold specimens. The region is famous for its delicate crystalline gold. That's worth seeing, but most of the specimens are worn placer nuggets.

Visited September 2012
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Lincoln, California
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“Columbia State Park”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Historic Gold Rush Town - very interesting history. Haunted history. Great old hotels to stay, check out the tea shop and old bars.

Visited October 2012
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Placerville
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“Excellent Day Trip”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

We planned a trip to Columbia State Historic Park when we had family coming out to California. It was part of a whirlwind Northern California history tour I had set up. We stayed at the Columbia Hotel (hoping for some ghostly appearance...no luck there) and enjoyed the authentic 1850's feel to the whole place. It's a great place for kids and adults alike.

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“A walk back in time”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

This state park is a real gem. All of the stores and activities are based in 1850. A great educational opportunity for families. Many family events throughout the year. Docents are available to share the history.

Visited September 2012
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