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Columbia State Historic Park

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Love this little town!

Three of us went up to Columbia for the 3-5pm ghost tour led by Carol. This was her last tour after... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
turlock, california
Columbia State Park

We saw signs to Columbia State Historic Park as we drove to Sonora. After leaving Sonora we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David C
Upland, California
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“gold panning”(73 reviews)
“pan for gold”(49 reviews)
“gold rush town”(38 reviews)
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 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was very quiet here in mid September with not much going on and few people. Expect it is much busier in the summer. However, we enjoyed the peacefulness even if some things were not operating. Seems to be authentic representation of a historic town...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Columbia is a beautifully preserved gold rush era town with lots of interesting history. The kids really enjoyed the stage coach ride, panning for gold, and the free tour (11am every day in front of the museum). We reserved cottage #15 through the CA state...More

Thank elizabeth534
Reviewed October 7, 2018

We were able to stroll through this historic old gold mining town. Visited some fun shops and ate a delicious lunch at the City Hotel

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Reviewed October 5, 2018

I had been a little worried that this village might seem a little false, but not so. There is a really peaceful atmosphere and the many old buildings are most evocative of the gold rush period, including some shops and some preserved as mini-museums. Highly...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Took grandkids to the park on a Saturday afternoon. They had a great time planning for gold and riding the stagecoach. Loved the sarsaparilla! Got to see people dressed in period costumes, bowl in a old fashioned alley, dress in period clothes and chase chickens....More

Thank Izoom3
Reviewed September 25, 2018

We enjoyed looking around the old gold mining town. The shops had lots of great souvenirs at good prices. The restaurant served delicious food. If you wanted to play at panning for gold you could for a small price. We were sorry not to be...More

Thank donnakhf
Reviewed September 13, 2018

California has many state parks, most of which highlight the state's natural beauty. Columbia State Historic Park is different. The Gold Rush era town has been preserved and--unlike the Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts or even Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia--Columbia is a working, living town that...More

Thank WalnutBaron
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

I always like to see a lot of different things while on vacation so when we were going to Yosemite from San Francisco I found this little gem. It’s a very neat town where we bowled, had sarsaparilla, burgers at one of the restaurants, panned...More

Thank val0rih
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October 3, 2018|
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Response from maryhadreas | 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.