Columbia State Historic Park

Columbia State Historic Park

12555 Jackson St.
Columbia, California 95310
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Local Phone: (209) 588-9128

The Gold Rush town that refused to die is a charming place for adults and children alike to visit. The town's pedestrian-only business district has been preserved with shops, restaurants, hotels and look-in-the-window exhibits illuminating what life was like in the 1850s.

Plan your visit for the second Saturday of the month or during one of many special-event weekends to be charmed by the many local volunteers who don period dress to help create a Gold Rush atmosphere.

DogTrekkers will enjoy walking around with their four-legged friends but will have to stay elsewhere as the two historic hotels in town do not accept canines.

Ample picnic grounds are available. Admission and parking are free, as are town tours offered daily at 11 a.m. from mid-June through Labor day and weekends the rest of the year.

When in the area be sure to visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, six miles from Columbia. This outdoor museum devoted to all things railroad also welcomes visitors with dogs.

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Railtown 1897 State Historic Park - Photo Credit: @island_dog
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park - Photo Credit: @island_dog
If you’re traveling in Gold Country with family this summer, put Columbia State Historic Park on your “must visit” list. It’s a place where lasting memories are made. On weekends, you’ll encounter rumbling (and dog-friendly) stagecoaches, itinerant musicians, bonneted ladies in sweeping skirts, and swaggering, black-hatted characters who could go mano a mano with John Wayne. For city kids, this “Gold Rush town that never died” can be as much fun as Disneyland (well, almost). more »
Wednesday rides the Skunk Train, Fort Bragg <br/> Photo Credit: @wandering_wednesday
Wednesday rides the Skunk Train, Fort Bragg
Photo Credit: @wandering_wednesday
The chug-chug and urgent whistle call of an approaching train is always exciting, especially when a vintage steam engine leads the charge. How can you hear it and see it and not want to be on it? Several family-friendly excursion trains in California welcome dogs as well as parents, grandparents and youngsters aboard. Here’s a rundown. more »
Murphy at Indigeny Reserve. Photo Credit: Nikki Coleman
Murphy at Indigeny Reserve. Photo Credit: Nikki Coleman
Like other parts of Gold Country, Tuolumne County is rich in history, rugged scenery and recreational opportunities. You can get some of both and soak up some local color too at First Friday Jamestown Art Walk-Wine-Dine & Music events, continuing through October, or 2nd Saturday Art Nights held year-round in historic downtown Sonora. Either town makes a great base for jumping off into a weekend of hiking, history and off-the-beaten path exploring. more »
Pocky hiking Sonora Pass
Pocky hiking Sonora Pass
Sure, you’ve visited parts of Gold Country. But have you ever driven the entire 330 miles of Highway 49, the historic “Golden Chain Highway?” Considering all the dog-friendly places to see, things to do and history to absorb along the way, we at DogTrekker consider it a Five-Bone route for a road trip.   more »
Groveland Hotel
Dog-friendly Groveland Hotel
You’ll need time and fair weather to explore the upper reaches of this diverse county, but we’ll get you started with dog-friendly suggestions in a couple of areas ripe for a fall visit.

Sonora, the county seat, is a great jumping-off point for excursions to nearby Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, where Rover can join you as you ogle the displays and hop into an observation car for a trip on the “Movie Railroad.” more »
Columbia State Historic Park is the kind of place where lasting family memories are made. Come in summer or during a special-event weekend, and you'll encounter rumbling stagecoaches, itinerant musicians, bonneted ladies in sweeping skirts and black-hatted characters who could go mano a mano with John Wayne. For city kids who have never before dipped candles, panned for gold or dressed up in 19th-century costume to have a portrait made, this Gold Rush town that never died can be as much fun as Disneyland (well, almost). more »
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