Columbia State Historic Park

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Columbia State Historic Park

Location:3 miles north of Sonora, off Highway 49.
Facilities:Historic structures, visitor center, exhibits, restaurants, lodging, picnic areas, restrooms (é).
Activities:Gold panning, stagecoach rides, mine tours, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Park preserves an example of one of the most colorful eras in American history, a typical 1850s gold rush town. For a time Columbia was California’s second largest city, but unlike many other settlements that disappeared due to fire, vandalism, and time, Columbia was never completely deserted. In 1945, the state legislature proclaimed the town a state historic park. The town's old Gold Rush-era business district has been preserved with shops, restaurants, and two hotels for today's visitors.
Address:c/o Central Valley District Office
22708 Broadway St
Columbia, CA 95310

Size: 273 acres.

See other parks in California.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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This retrospective from the Friends of Columbia State Historic Park presents a collection of vintage b&w photographs illustrating the town's history from boom to bust.
As a native Californian with a Gold Rush family heritage, I applaud Sunset for including Columbia State Historic Park. I usually take guests there as part of a Mother Lode tour.
For a pure 1857 experience, head to the City Hotel in Columbia State Historic Park, the state's best-preserved Gold Rush town.
Columbia State Historic Park. Matelot Gulch Mine Supply Store, Main and Washington streets (209/532-96993), rents pans (with instructions) for $3 to $5 a day.
A good dining option at the other end of the loop is the City Hotel Restaurant (532-1479), just north of Sonora in Columbia State Historic Park, where California-French cuisine is served in a restored 1870s hotel.
Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia; (209) 532-4301.

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