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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.

Get up close with Columbia in our Virtual Tour!

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
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209-588-9128 View Website Map
Gold was discovered in Columbia on March 27, 1850. By 1870, the “Gem of the Southern Mines” produced more than $1 billion (in today’s figures). Today the town still bustles with shops, exhibits and the lively activity of the 1850’s.
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11255 Jackson St
Columbia, CA 95310
105625
209-770-2540 Map
Located in Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia Clothiers & Emporium is a charming store with wonderful friendly service! A late 1800's style department store offering historical clothing, hats, accessories, and housewares for the whole family. Open daily 10am-5pm. 
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22711 Main St
Columbia, CA 95310
60884
209-532-9693 View Website Map
Take a virtual tour of a real working mine still producing gold! Gold panning, slucing instruction. Beginners and children are our specialty. Educational programs and demonstrations. Mining relics, gold for sale. Open daily spring thru summer 10am-5pm. Call for winter…
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22675 Main St
Columbia, CA 95310
61049
209-532-6249 View Website Map
1/2 to 3-day rafting trips on the Merced, Tuolumne, Kings and American Rivers. Family group discounts, great food, experienced guides. Call today, raft tomorrow!
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22517 Parrotts Ferry Rd
Columbia, CA 95310
82090
209-532-1811 View Website Map
A very unique Leather Store sits in the heart of Columbia on Main St. Minnetonka Moccasins, Cowboy Boots, Belts, Purses, Vintage Clothing, Beaded Jewelry. A Leather Adventure awaits you.
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22751 Main St
Columbia, CA 95310
83554
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Seasonal farmers' market (May-September) on Main Street in the heart of Columbia State Historic Park, open Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00pm
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Main St
Columbia, CA 95310
60959
209-588-0808 View Website Map
Well-haved dogs are welcome on stage coach rides.
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Main St
Columbia, CA 95310
60835
209-532-7886 View Website Map
Since the late 1800s Columbia has been home to this original confectionery manufacturing business. Copper kettles and marble tables are filled with brittles, hand dipped chocolates, and candies made by five generations of the Nelson family.
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P.O. Box 191
Columbia, CA 95310
83553
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Year-round, indoor farmers' market open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.
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10800 Airport Rd.
Columbia, CA 95310
105623
209-532-1850 Map
This gem located in Columbia State Historic Park, offers espresso, blended drinks, sarsaparilla, lattes, hot & cold sandwiches, scratch made stuffed pretzels, ice cream, fresh baked goods and so much more! Local honey, jams and coffee. Open daily 7am to…
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22760 Main St
Columbia, CA 95310
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