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Columbia State Historic Park Celebrates 169 Years
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It was 169 years ago when gold was discovered in Columbia, California. This discovery changed the land forever when thousands of people came to the Gem of Southern Mines to “strike it rich.” Come experience and commemorate this monumental event. Celebrate with Columbia State Historic Park to remember Columbia and how it grew into one of the richest Gold Rush era towns in California’s history.

All are invited to join in and celebrate Columbia’s birthday. This free event will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the museum and along Main Street.

Costumed docents will be present serving birthday cake and punch as the town comes alive with music, speeches, and re-enactments of the events that occurred on that historic day in 1850.

Columbia State Historic Park in Tuolumne County is designated as a National Historic Landmark District. It has been preserved to tell the story of the towns which arose to serve the needs of the miners during the California Gold Rush. California State Parks has restored, and continues to preserve, over 30 of the original brick buildings along the town’s Main Street.

Friends of Columbia members, docents and volunteers raise funds to support the educational and Interpretive Programs at Columbia State Historic Park.

Columbia State Historic Park annually hosts over 600,000 visitors, and is a major tourist destination in Tuolumne County. Its many historic-style stores and restaurants are run by over 25 concessionaires whose businesses, along with park staff and volunteers, help recreate the experience of the California Gold Rush for visitors from around the world.