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Subject: Columbia, California, California Gold Rush, Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve, Protected areas established in 1946, History of Tuolumne County, California
Collection: California Gold Rush, California State Historic Parks, Historic Districts in California, Historic Districts on the National Register of Historic Places in California, History of the Sierra Nevada (U.S.), History of Tuolumne County, California, Living Museums in California, Museums in Tuolumne County, California, National Historic Landmarks in California, Open-Air Museums in California, Parks in Tuolumne County, California, Parks on the National Register of Historic Places in California, Protected Areas Established in 1946, Visitor Attractions in Tuolumne County, California
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Columbia State Historic Park

Columbia State Historic Park
Main Street in Columbia State Historic Park
Map showing the location of Columbia State Historic Park
Location Tuolumne County, California, USA
Nearest city Columbia, California
Area 273 acres (110 ha)
Established 1946
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation
Columbia Historic District
Area 0 acres (0 ha)
Built 1854
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 66000242[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966
Designated NHLD July 4, 1961[2]

Columbia State Historic Park, also known as Columbia Historic District, is a state park unit and National Historic Landmark District preserving historic downtown Columbia, California, USA. It includes almost 30 buildings built during the California Gold Rush, most of which remain today.[3] It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.[2][3]


  • Description 1
  • Media exposure 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


A general store in Columbia

The site was proclaimed a state historic park in 1946, and the restored buildings are operated as an inhabited, working open-air museum. Individuals in period costumes run a handmade candy store, a Daguerreotype studio, and stagecoach rides, among other stores and restaurants.

The Columbia Museum, formerly the Cavalier Museum, is located in the Knapp building.

Volunteers with the Friends of Columbia State Historic Park host many special living history programs at the park each year. During Gold Rush Days, held the second Saturday of each month, park docents in period clothing lead programs in the park, and there are special exhibits and hands-on activities. Free tours of the town are offered on weekends year-round and daily in the summer.

Media exposure

Columbia State Historic Park has been used as a shooting location for many films and television scenes. High Noon includes scenes filmed in 1952 in and around the Wilson House, on Main Street and in front of Engine House #2. The Shadow Riders (1982) was also filmed in and around Columbia.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b ResourceId=146&ResourceType=District "Columbia Historic District" . National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  3. ^ a b ____ (___, 19__). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: ___NPS website down, so fill this out later___" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying ___ photos, exterior and interior, from 19__ PDF (32 KB)
  4. ^ WESTERN FILMS IN COLUMBIA.Columbia Gazette. Columbia Booksellers & Stationers.

External links

  • WebsiteColumbia State Historic ParkOfficial
  • Friends of Columbia State Historic Park
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