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.Make Columbia State Historic Park part of your personalized Columbia itinerary using our Columbia travel itinerary maker.
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We stumbled onto this town while traveling north along the western side of the Sierras. What a great hidden place. Everything was just as it was over 150 years ago. Great place to take adults and chil... read more »
It was nice. Very well preserved if we compared with other old towns. Houses are expositions or shops. The shops are nice with good stuff at good price. You can get candies (recommended), local crafts... read more »
My wife and I recently visited the Columbia State Historic Park. Our visit was in October and perhaps this explains the rather limited amount of activity at the park. There weren't many tourists and m... read more »
We really had a great time, would have loved to spend more than an afternoon there. Also would have been great if it wasn't so darn hot, but it made you think more about what it was like for those miners. Just made us want to cool off in shops more than we would have liked. We did walk around quite a bit and see the different historical locations but there was plenty more to see. Fun mix of a historical tourist place and real functioning town. It was fun seeing the locals come in for a beer after work.
Ok, I liked this place, just walking through the old town, visiting the shops, reading about the history, my wife an kids... not so much. You can take a carriage ride, check out the fire house, even take a walking tour (which I missed so I can't speak to how good it is). The shops are quaint and the people working them are friendly. We went on a weekday and it was not very busy but I suspect weekends are because of all the available parking. My wife an daughters did start liking it more when they found some of the shopping :D
Awesome state park. Love that people dress up like the 1800's. All the events here are fun and educational. Take a tour and you will have a fantastic time learning all about the history of Columbia. Lots of places to see and go including swimming and fishing only a few miles away. Stop by with an rv or rent and visit one of the privately owned campgrounds here in Columbia that are within walking distance to the state park :) Come see what Columbia has to offer, and you might not want to leave!
A great period park complete with an active blacksmith shop and store, museums with great historical artifacts, a very cool ice cream parlor, and my personal favorite, the 1800 era bowling alley where you can actually bowl (you do have to set your own pins back up).
One my favorite places to visit in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Columbia is a great place to bring the family. You can pan for gold, get some home made ice cream, shop in some classic old west stores, and go on a stagecoach ride around the park. In the summer reenactors walk the streets and give the place an authentic feel. A must see if your in the area.
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