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Date(s) - 05/16/2019 - 05/19/2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Columbia State Historic Park

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Just as the merchant economy seemed to spring up overnight in the gold fields, Columbia State Historic Park will be alive with activity in its own tent town as history is recreated for the public and schoolchildren May 16th – 19th.
For four full days, over 150 costumed volunteers recreate the daily life of an early gold rush mining camp when tent and shantytowns were as numerous as flakes of gold in the river. The public is invited to experience first-hand the sights, sounds and smells of 1852 Columbia (or American Camp, as it was first known) and interact with volunteers who portray those early residents as they go about their daily life. One can observe women cooking over an open fire for the boarding house, work alongside miners as they perfect gold washing techniques or have a good political discussion of the day at the saloon. Sarsaparilla, ham, beans and cornbread, baked goods, lemonade, jerky and pickles will be for sale along with other items from the time period for guests to purchase. Visitors will also have the opportunity to go bowling, wash clothes, watch live theatre performances, and listen to music throughout the day.

Admission is $10 for adults, $2 for children between 12 & 4 years old, and 3 years old and under is free. Registration for Diggins school tours is closed. Parking is free.