Gold was discovered in Columbia, California 168 years ago. This discovery changed the land forever when thousands of people came to the area to “strike it rich.”
Local residents are invited to help commemorate this monumental event in Columbia’s history and celebrate with Columbia State Historic Park officials to celebrate why the town exists and how it grew into one of the richest Gold Rush era towns in California’s history.
All are welcome to join in on Tuesday, March 27 from noon to 3 p.m. in front of the museum to celebrate Columbia’s birthday. Costumed docents will be present, birthday cake and punch will be served.
Columbia State Historic Park, in Tuolumne County, is designated as a National Historic Landmark District, and has been preserved to tell the story of the towns which arose during the California Gold Rush to serve the needs of miners. California State Parks has restored and continues to preserve over 30 of the original brick buildings along the town’s Main Street.
The Friends of Columbia State Historic Park organization raises 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.