Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

11855 5th Ave.
Jamestown, California 95327
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Local Phone: (209) 984-3953

Located just six miles from Columbia State Historic Park in Jamestown, Tuolumne County, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse of the Sierra Railway.

This important historical attraction combines industrial heritage and railroad history with the lore of Hollywood's film industry.

Steam-train rides are offered weekends April-October and on holiday weekends in November and December. Visitors with dogs are allowed on the grounds and in the open observation cars once used for sightseeing in the Canadian Rockies. Guided tours are available, or you can explore on your own.

Park admission is $5 adults, $3 youths 6-17; children 5 and younger ride free. Train ride tickets, $13 for adults, $6 for youths 6-17, also include admission to the park.

• DogTrekkers please bring your own pickup bags and, before riding, make sure your dog is not frightened by the loud sounds made by the trains.

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Railtown 1897 State Historic Park - Photo Credit: @island_dog
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park - Photo Credit: @island_dog
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Photo Credit: @wandering_wednesday
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Photo Credit: @dorriya
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Murphy at Indigeny Reserve. Photo Credit: Nikki Coleman
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Sugar Pine Railway. Photo by  J. Stephen Conn (CC)
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