AAA Editor Notes
Columbia State Historic Park, covering 12 square blocks in the old business district, depicts a typical boomtown of the 1850s. Never completely deserted, the settlement has been partially restored to its appearance in gold rush days. Among the more than 30 restored buildings in the town are a schoolhouse, bank, newspaper building, barbershop, saloons, the Wells Fargo Express Co. building, shops, the Fallon Hotel and the City Hotel, which still houses guests.

A 22-minute DVD presentation weaves information about the original town settlement with how important a permanent source of water was to gold rush towns. The Columbia Diggins 1852, a 4-day living-history re-enactment, is held in late May, and plays are presented year-round in the restored Fallon House Theater. Townsite tours, stagecoach rides and gold panning also are available.

Food is available.

Park free. Plays $32-$47. Stagecoach fare (inside) $7; $6 (ages 4-12 and 60+). Fare $10 to ride on top (minimum age 8). Gold panning $5-$12.
Park, museum and most stores open daily 10-4; phone to confirm winter hours. DVD presentation daily on the half-hour. Townsite tours daily at 11, mid-June through Labor Day; Sat.-Sun. at 11, rest of year. Plays are presented Wed.-Thurs. at 2, Fri.-Sat. at 7 p.m. (also some Sat. and Sun. at 2 if the production is a musical), except during breaks between one closing and another opening. Stagecoach rides Mon.-Thurs. 10-4, Fri.-Sun. 10-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day; Fri.-Sun. 11-4, Mar. 1-day before Memorial Day and day after Labor Day-Oct. 31; Sat.-Sun. 11-4, rest of year (weather permitting). Phone ahead to confirm stagecoach schedule.
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