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Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia

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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, USA. 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.DescriptionThe site was proclaimed a state historic park in 1946, and the restored buildings are operated as an inhabited, working open-air museum. Individuals in period costumes run a handmade candy store, a Daguerreotype studio, and stagecoach rides, among other stores and restaurants.The Columbia Museum, formerly the Cavalier Museum, is located in the Knapp building.Volunteers with the Friends of Columbia State Historic Park host many special living history programs at the park each year. During Gold Rush Days, held the second Saturday of each month, park docents in period clothing lead programs in the park, and there are special exhibits and hands-on activities. Free tours of the town are offered on weekends year-round and daily in the summer.Media exposureColumbia State Historic Park has been used as a shooting location for many films and television scenes. High Noon includes scenes filmed in 1952 in and around the Wilson House, on Main Street and in front of Engine House #2. The Shadow Riders (1982) was also filmed in and around Columbia.
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  • When you see some of the old buildings of the past. It just amazes me the time these old barns have around. One of the shops called Elber's leather and saddlery emporium . The shop is so nice with lea...  more »
  • We wandered around the town of this state park and enjoyed every minute of it. There are interesting exhibits and shops alike. You could try your hand at gold panning and a Stage coach ride.  more »
  • This unique state park is actually a living city. Many of the historic buildings are occupied by businesses selling period and current products. Some buildings are open with period settings and interp...  more »
  • My family and I love going there! Everyone is in theme with old fashioned gold mining days! Very fascinating! You got rock climbing, gold mining, souvenir shops, a tea shop ( with an amazing variety of teas), horse and carriage to ride on, old time photos, not to mention the old fashion candy shops and in December you can watch them make fresh candy canes! If you haven't been here its a must go and see... if you feel like being back in the gold mining days!!
  • Is a great place to take the family. Although it needs to remodel a little bit. I love they have restrooms everywhere and around the museum, is a great place to have a picnic and kayaking with the family as well.
  • Small but interesting place about the old west. Great for kids. Free parking but limited. Has choices of places to eat and gift shops.
  • Great place to explore, make sure you check out the gold mine. Stop by for a horse and carriage ride too. Great town and great people.
  • I loved the old gold mine era. I loved going to Columbia State Park when I was a little girl and now I take my daughter. We went today and saw some things that we haven't seen before. It was a delight.