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Columbia (California)

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Columbia (California)

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Columbia is a city in the California Gold Country.

Columbia is best reached by automobile, either by following the Gold Country Route 49 highway south from Calaveras County and the northern part of the Gold Country, or by taking Route 108 from the Central Valley (Modesto) to Sonora and then driving a few miles north on Highway 49. Private planes can fly into Columbia Airport. There is no significant bus service from the outside.

Columbia itself is a small, pedestrian-oriented town that is also a State Historic Park.

The restored gold mining town of Columbia, circa 1850-1860, with various exhibits.

Pan for gold, hike around the town, up to the schoolhouse and cemetary, and on the nature trail to Columbia Airport. Look at the exhibits. Participate in some of the events, such as dancing in 1850s dance halls.

Books, gifts, T-shirts at various stores in the historic area.

at one of the restaurants in the historic buildings, including the Columbia House, Columbia Hotel, the old-fashioned ice cream and soda shop, the Lickskillet Cafe, or at one of the saloons.

sarsaparilla at the ice cream store, at the grocery store, or one of the saloons.

at one of the historic hotels, such as the Columbia Hotel or Fallon House, or one of the Bed and Breakfasts nearby, such as the Blue Nile Inn.