Columbia is the heart of the richest gold mining area in the Mother Lode. It's history can be traced back to
the original gold rush. In 1850, the first miners began arriving and, within a month, about 6,000 miners, most living
in tents, called Columbia home. By the end of 1852, the new community had more than 150 stores--including lots of
Today Columbia is unique in California. It's a state park but it's also a living community. Original buildings with their iron doors have been restored. There are guided tours, stage coach rides, live theatre, horseback riding, gold panning, restaurants, shopping and two 1850's era saloons. Because Columbia State Park is also a town, admission is free and it's open 365 days of the year.
To pass up Columbia would be to pass up perhaps the best opportunity to see how life really was in the wild west.
This wonderful community is located out of the town of Sonora, California. The whole area is filled with original buildings, and is loaded with history about the Gold mining era of the late 1800"s