Gold Country California Visitor Information

Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia

The Gold Rush to Columbia, California began on March 27, 1850 by a small party of prospectors. News of the discovery spread and they were soon joined by a flood of miners.

Unlike many settlements that have changed with the times, Columbia, California seems to be frozen in the 1800’s. Today, Columbia State Historic Park is the best preserved of California gold rush towns.

As a popular destination for school living-history programs, special family gatherings, or a year-round getaway, Columbia State Historic Park offers a unique blend of museums, displays, town tours, live theater plays, and shops, restaurants and attractions.

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Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia
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