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Columbia Historic District
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark District
Columbia State Historic Park Main Street as of October 2007
Columbia State Historic Park is located in California
Nearest city: Sonora, California
Coordinates: 38°2′8.84″N 120°24′3.81″W / 38.0357889°N 120.4010583°W / 38.0357889; -120.4010583Coordinates: 38°2′8.84″N 120°24′3.81″W / 38.0357889°N 120.4010583°W / 38.0357889; -120.4010583
Built/Founded: 1854
Architectural style(s): Gothic Revival
Governing body: Local
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHLD: July 4, 1961[2]
NRHP Reference#: 66000242
Columbia in August 2005.

Columbia State Historic Park, also known as Columbia Historic District, is a California state park and National Historic Landmark District located in Columbia, California. It includes almost 30 buildings built during the California Gold Rush, most of which remain today.[3] Gold was discovered here in 1850; within 3 years, it was the third largest city in California.[4]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.[2][5]

It is an integral part of the community, and is an inhabited, working California Gold Rush town. Individuals in period costumes run a handmade candy store, a Daguerreotype studio, and real stagecoach rides, among other stores and restaurants.

The Columbia Museum, formerly the Cavalier Museum, is located in the Knapp building.

Volunteers with the Friends of Columbia State Historic Park host many special living history programs at the park each year. During Gold Rush Days, held the second Saturday of each month, park docents in period clothing lead programs in the park, and there are special exhibits and hands-on activities. Free tours of the town are offered on weekends year-round and daily in the summer.

Columbia State Historic Park has been used a shooting location for many films and television scenes. High Noon includes scenes filmed in 1952 in and around the Wilson House, on Main Street and in front of Engine House #2.[6]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.  
  2. ^ a b ResourceId=146&ResourceType=District "Columbia Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. ResourceId=146&ResourceType=District. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  
  3. ^ NPS Redbook
  4. ^ NHL Writeup
  5. ^ ____ (___, 19__), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: ___NPS website down, so fill this out later___PDF (32 KB), National Park Service   and Accompanying ___ photos, exterior and interior, from 19__PDF (32 KB)
  6. ^ Columbia Gazette. Columbia Booksellers & Stationers. WESTERN FILMS IN COLUMBIA.

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