Small Towns: Columbia

Here’s one from our series on small towns in the foothills, with some highlights from our visits.

In this working Gold Rush-era town, prices are modern day, but the rest takes you back to the 1850s. Columbia has the largest collection of Gold Rush-era structures in the state—livery stable, saloon, schoolhouse, Wilson-McConnell residence, City Hotel, Wells Fargo building and others. Dip a candle, pan for gold, ride a stagecoach, sip sarsaparilla, watch a blacksmith work. To really learn the ins and outs, take a free, docent-led, one-hour town tour as soon as they’re available.

panning for gold in Columbia

making candles

blacksmith in columbia