Discovery of gold by the Hildreth party in 1850 put Columbia on the map during the California gold rush. It also placed our once-booming mining town in the pages of California history forever.
Columbia State Historic Park contains the largest single collection of existing gold rush era structures. These brick buildings – many over 150 years old – recall the town’s heyday when rowdy miners wandered along busy, dusty streets.
After all, Columbia is the story of its people, an early gathering of gold seekers from all over the globe, who sought to get rich quick. Their stories and contributions are what the State and Friends of Columbia hope to preserve.
We invite you, your family and friends to get a glimpse into Columbia’s pioneer days by attending Friends of Columbia’s many interpretive programs (reenactments) presented by docent volunteers.
Simply click on Events to view what’s happening during the year throughout the park and be sure to look at Friends-sponsored events. On the Schools page, you can register and pay online for any event. Teachers can also register and pay for educational programs on the Schools page.
Every year, over 500,000 visitors from all over the world come here to explore our mining town’s unique place in California’s rich past. Join Friends today in caring for our restored treasure, Columbia State Historic Park. Through our combined efforts, we can preserve this historical landmark for generations to come!