Columbia State Park
The town’s old Gold Rush-era business district has been preserved, with shops, restaurants and two hotels. Visitors have the chance to time-travel to the 1850s, imagining life when gold miners rubbed shoulders with businessmen and the other residents in Columbia. Visitors can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday. There are opportunities to ride a stagecoach or pan for gold.
Gold was discovered in Columbia on March 27, 1850, by a small party of prospectors. By 1890, the Gem of the Southern Mines produced more than $1 billion (in today’s money). Today, the town still bustles with shops, exhibits, and the lively activity of the 1850s. Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Columbia, CA 95310
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