Columbia State Historic Park - Columbia, CA

Possibly the best-preserved Gold Rush town in the West, Columbia is a museum inside a Sierra Nevada town, and most of the people who live here and move around the streets by day are part of the living history experience overseen by the California State Parks system. You'll see an authentic candy kitchen, a blacksmith and multiple historic hotels in Columbia, all staffed by educated history enthusiasts. You won't see any motor vehicles on normal days, although during the annual July Fourth festivities, the rules change a bit. The Fourth brings a parade, games and more multi-period fun to this interesting Gold Country landscape.

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