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Columbia in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Columbia

 
 
State Historic Landmark #123 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, August 20, 2006
1. State Historic Landmark #123 Marker
Inscription. Columbia, the “gem of the southern mines,” became a town of 4000 to 5000 in the 1850s, following the discovery of gold here by the Hildreth party March 27, 1850. Gold shipments, estimated at $87,000,000, declined rapidly after 1858 but Columbia never became a ‘ghost town.’ Columbia State Historic State Park was created in 1945 to preserve its historic buildings and sites.
 
Erected 1958 by California State Parks Commission, Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 123.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 1.962′ N, 120° 24.234′ W. Marker is in Columbia, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway St. and Church Street, on the left when traveling north on Broadway St.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia CA 95310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hon. Jesse M. Mayo (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Columbia Masonic Temple (about 800 feet away); Eagle Cotage (about 800 feet away); Site of Donnell & Parsons Building
State Historic Landmark #123 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, August 20, 2006
2. State Historic Landmark #123 Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Hildreth Party (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scraping the Rocks Clean (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Home for Immigrants (approx. ¼ mile away); Wilson/McConnell House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 21, 2006
3. Main Street
Columbia Jail image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 21, 2006
4. Columbia Jail
Wells Fargo and Co. Express Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 21, 2006
5. Wells Fargo and Co. Express Building
Wells Fargo Express Building and Bank image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 21, 2006
6. Wells Fargo Express Building and Bank
Columbia National Registered Historic Site Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
7. Columbia National Registered Historic Site Plaque

Columbia
Has been designated a
Registered National
Historical Landmark

Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August, 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States


U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1961
Columbia National Registered Historic Site Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
8. Columbia National Registered Historic Site Plaque
This plague is on a boulder, near the east end of the parking lot, across Columbia Street from the Hildreth Party marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,593 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on March 24, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7, 8. submitted on August 27, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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