The last place we visited before heading home on our road trip last month was Columbia State Historic Park. It was much more than just a historic park. It was a hands on walk through a town in the Gold Rush era. It’s located in Columbia, California just off Highway 49, near Sonora. I can’t say enough about it. We spent 5 hours there & would have loved to explore even more.
We asked where we should start & someone dressed in period attire told us to begin at the museum. So, that’s what we did. Honestly, the kids were a little bored in the museum. But, it had lots of good information. It also had a dress up corner for the kids. Which, of course, they dress upped & I took some fun pics.
Bottom Left: Plaster cast of a 132 oz. gold nugget found near Columbia.
Right: Common items of the women in the 1800’s.
Top Left: School items from the late 1800’s
Bottom Left: Many items were for sale.
Bottom Right: This cat roamed the street, which seemed very pioneerish.
We stopped into a cute candy shop & let the kids each pick out a candy. The kids also tried on fun, but almost creepy, masks.
We ate lunch in the saloon. The hubby & I shared their ginormous nachos. The kids had hot dogs.
WE PEEKED IN WINDOWS
A FEW SIGNS CAUGHT MY ATTENTION
Of course, we had to check out the chicken coop.
Our favorite activity was panning for gold. We mostly found fool’s gold & gems. But, it was still super fun.
This was a great experience that our entire family enjoyed. I especially liked it because as a homeschooling mama I’m always trying to find fun ways to teach my kids. Before we left on our road trip we had been studying the westward movement, including the gold rush. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to reinforce the information from that era than actually walking through an 1800’s gold rush town.