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Columbia Diggins Tent Town 1852

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Date(s) - 05/17/2018 - 05/20/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Columbia State Historic Park


When gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma in 1848, it set off the largest voluntary migration in the history of the United States. As men flooded into California from around the world, tent towns sprang up overnight in the foothills as merchants moved in to “mine the pockets of the miners”.

Each year, the docents and staff of Columbia State Historic Park strive to recreate the early tent town that gave rise to Columbia. Thousands of hours of research goes into recreating the material culture and the activities of the town. On your visit you’ll see a working bakery, hotel, saloons, theater, blacksmith, wheelright, livestock and of course,active mining using recreated tools and equipment from the time. You’ll even have an opportunity to try it yourself!