Columbia Hidden Treasures
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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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209-532-1479 Map
Stay in one of two historic 1800's hotels with 23 beautifully appointed Victorian rooms, or one of three charming cottages, fully furnished with full kitchens, baths, and fenced yards. Open year round.
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11255 Jackson St
Columbia, CA 95310
209-532-4508 Map
Let your home away from home be one of our cozy log cabins or motel rooms on a park like acre of shady, towering pines, walking distance to the park. Air conditioned, in-room coffee, cable TV, BBQ area. …
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22131 Parrotts Ferry Rd
Columbia, CA 95310
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Adjacent to Columbia State Historic Park, 24 newly renovated units include AC, WiFi, Satellite TV, in room coffee, microwaves. Seasonal swimming pool, DVD players/movies upon availability. Mining charters and mining supplies offered.
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22646 Broadway St.
Columbia, CA 95310