One of the California Gold Country must see places is Columbia State Park. Located in the foothills along Highway 49, just north of Sonora, this state park is rich in Gold Country Lore.
A restored cargo wagon on display at the Columbia State Park, California.
Main Street Columbia
Except for possibly the pavement in the street, Main Street Columbia looks much like it did in the gold rush days.
Businesses Along Main Street
Typical businesses along main Street in old town, Columbia state Park, California.
The Book Store
There's a book store on main Street in Columbia State Park that's worth a visit.
There's a working blacksmith shop in Columbia.
A restored Livery stable in Columbia State Park in California.
Main Street Storefronts
More storefronts along Main Street in Columbia State Park.
You can't get too close, but you can view these restored fire engines at the Fire Department in Columbia State Park, California.
Fire Engine Papeete
This fire engine was purchased in 1852. It was originally built for the King of the Sandwich Islands, but the sailors who were to deliver it jumped ship in San Francisco in search of gold, leaving the engine stranded.
Main Street Columbia
Some buildings in Columbia State Park are in less repair than others.
Volunteers at Columbia State Park
Volunteers dress in period attire as they decorate the streets of Columbia State park, answering questions and telling stories.
St Charles Saloon
Selling all the favorites of the 1800s', the St. Charles Saloon is an example of how some folks made their money the old fashion way during the gold rush in California.
Imagine what a butcher shop must have been like in 1860.
This might have been a warehouse in Columbia, in the 1800s'.
Inside the blacksmith shop is an anvil and fire for working iron.
Fallon House Theatre
The Fallon House Theatre is still in use today for performances and community meetings.
The original Columbia office Gazette produced a local newspaper. Today it's used for much the same purpose, printing information about the State Park.
bridge over river
You can try your luck at gold panning along this sluice box just outside of town at the Columbia State Park in California.