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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:48

State Historic Park Marks 168 Years

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Perhaps emulating their distant ancestors, youngsters pan for gold at Columbia Perhaps emulating their distant ancestors, youngsters pan for gold at Columbia Menga Belgal

TASTE News Service March 20, 2018 - Gold was discovered in Columbia 168 years ago.

This changed the land forever when thousands of people came to this part of California’s Sierra Foothills to “strike it rich.” This monumental event in Tuolumne County's history will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 27th from 12:00-3:00pm at the Museum in the town of Columbia. Costumed docents will be present and birthday cake and punch will be served as residents will remember why the town exists and explain to visitors how it grew into one of the richest gold rush era towns in California’s history.

Columbia State Historic Park, located 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.

About 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.

Editor’s Note: More information about this historic part of California can be found at www.gotuolumne.com. If you’re considering a visit, you may want to first visit the Gold Country listings in Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options.

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