There’s no place better to get immersed in California’s Gold Rush history than in Columbia State Historic Park where you can stroll along wooden sidewalks, ride an authentic stage coach, pan for riches of gold and chat with knowledgeable and friendly townspeople dressed in period attire. Historic inns, restaurants, working blacksmith shop, old-fashioned bowling alley, theatre and shops supplied with treats and trinkets add to the ambiance of the town where a new surprise is around every corner.
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And don't miss these top things to see and do on your trip:
- Take a stagecoach ride through the limestone remnants of the mining industry on the outskirts of town
- Pan for gold
- Find that unique gift in the eclectic shops of Columbia State Historic Park operated by Gold Rush era-costumed shopkeepers, don’t forget to pick a Columbia Soda Works sarsaparilla to drink along the way
- Stay the night in a historic inn in the heart of this working Gold Rush town
- Outfit yourself in period attire and pose for an old-fashioned photograph at Kamice's Photographic Establishment
- Make your own candle the old-fashioned way—your one-of-a-kind souvenir
- Take in a live performance in the historic Fallon House Theatre