Columbia State Historic Park, also known as Columbia Historic District, is a state park unit and National Historic Landmark District preserving historic downtown Columbia, California, United States. It includes almost 30 buildings built during the California Gold Rush, most of which remain today. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.To visit Columbia State Historic Park and get the most from your holiday in Columbia, create itinerary details personal to you using our Columbia road trip planner.
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The museum is the heart of this town. The short movie and exhibits make sense of the rest. I learned a lot and enjoyed it despite the heat. Take a day off and go. more »
We went at 10am and a few things were not open, such as the stagecoach, which I wanted to ride. It was a hot day, so wanted to get started early. I did pan for gold and that was fun. Restaurants..... more »
We came by on the recommendation of a local. There were only a few buildings opened at this time, but a lot of information was available on the walk along the boardwalk. The museum was nice and the.... more »
If you are a fan of the old west and pioneering life, this is a must visit destination. They run a preserved historic town from the schoolhouse museum to the jail, general store, station, blacksmith, hotel, etc. And the staff are in traditional clothing of the early gold rush. This is a place to look for antiques, old fashioned candies, and fun for every age. I highly recommend seeing a play, taking the stagecoach, taking high tea, and mining for gold out at the mining shack.
So much history preserved here! Had a great time panning for gold and a tasty lemonade to end the day. I liked that the streets were closed off so I didn’t have to worry about cars with my 2 year old.
This is a must to place to visit. The park is easily accessible there is great parking and everything is very clean. Columbia state park is the perfect example of how life was in the old west. Do yourself a favor take a break and have a cold beer or sarsaparilla in the saloon. Also if you have the chance take a stagecoach ride or pan for gold. Many more sites to see at this park like the old school or the town jail. Get out take some time and enjoy this wonder gem that California has to offer.
Columbia is part of our annual Labor Day tradition and never disappoints. Nelson's Columbia Candy Kitchen is a must see, as is the blacksmith shop and gold panning. This year we noticed a new accessibility ramp which connects between the lower parking area elevation and upper/ town main street level. They also offer stage coach rides providing kids and grownups with a glimpse of just how rough travel used to be!
I love this place however if you are an interracial you will be looked at in discuss the blacksmith shop it was all over his face and a few more antique shops were just like him however I would like for any potential customers not purchase any items from the antique stores or the blacksmith due to their narrow minds, but unfortunately this is the reality of life. Just enjoy the park ,. DONT BUY FROM THE ANTIQUE SHOPS OR THE BLACKSMITH
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