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38th Annual Lamplight Tour

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Date(s) - 12/01/2023 - 12/02/2023
5:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Columbia State Historic Park Museum


Friends of Columbia and Columbia State Historic Park Present the 38th annual Lamplight Tour, Featuring “Gold Dusted Letters: Post from the Columbia Gold Rush Era”

Warm up your late autumn evenings with nostalgia and laughter. The performance of “Gold Dusted Letters: Post from the Columbia Gold Rush Era” will grace Columbia State Historic Park on the evenings of December 1st and 2nd. Written and directed by local author Jane M. Bell, this lively and vibrant production promises to captivate audiences with tales of hilarity, mischief, and of course a touch of gold.

The play begins in the Columbia Museum, nestled in the heart of Columbia State Historic Park. Here, our docents will introduce to you a treasure trove of old, yellowed Gold Rush-era letters. Attendees will then be escorted through town by lantern carriers, witnessing humorous mishaps in Mrs. Murphy’s Laundry and the curious tale of a farmer’s encounter with and a “donkey egg.” The Pioneer Saloon will host a lively performance by the starlet of the era, Miss Julia Dean, among other shenanigans. Witness the budding new author, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pitch his eccentric new story to the editor of the Columbia Gazette, and much more.

“Gold Dusted Letters” paints more than just a picture of a bygone era; it’s a reminder of the timeless nature of humor and human folly. It’s an invitation to reflect, laugh, and appreciate the richness of our area’s shared history.

The performance will take place in Columbia State Historic Park, and tickets are now available at Given the excitement surrounding this event and its limited run, early booking is strongly advised.