Columbia State Historic Park - California
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 38° 02.027 W 120° 24.132
10S E 727994 N 4212749
Quick Description: California's best preserved gold Rush Town
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/16/2015 6:52:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMNQ2W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 4

Long Description:

In 1850, at the peak of the California Gold Rush, a group of prospectors settled in what was to become the town of Columbia. The first settlement was completely destroyed in a fire in 1854 but rebuild shortly after and between 1856 and the early 1900s, gold worth $150 million was mined here.

Columbia did not share the fate of other gold rush towns - it never became a ghost town, but remained inhabited. In 1945, the State of California purchased most of the buildings and turned them into a State Park and a Historic District. To this day, local citizen keep the memories of the Gold Rush alive.

There are guided, one hour-long tour of the town every Saturday. Every 2nd Saturday, the town hosts Gold Rush Days, featuring many venues that are not normally open to the public hosted by people in gold rush period dress.

Horse Stables

Blacksmith Store

Mining Museum

Mining Equipment

Park Type: Day use State historic Park

sightseeing, shopping, stage coach rides, gold washing simulation for kids.

For an extensive history and description of the park, visit the "Columbia Historic District" waymark.

Date Established?: 1/1/1945

Link to Park: [Web Link]

Park Fees: Not listed

Additional Entrance Points: Not Listed

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