California State Historic Landmark 123
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.'
One of best preserved of early mining towns, and known as "Gem of southern mines". Gold discovered through cloudburst, 1850. Population grew to 6000 in six weeks.
Gorvernor Earl Warren signed bill at Columbia July 15, 1945, creating Columbia State Park.
Columbia SHP, NW corner of Washington and Broadway Sts, Columbia.
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