This four day re-enactment features over 100 costumed docents and allows visitors to witness what life was like in the tent towns of the California Gold Rush. Wander through the tent town and enjoy entertainment at the Theatre, step into the Saloon and order a sarsaparilla, or browse in the authentically recreated Brown’s Mercantile. Bakers produce bread out of a stone and brick oven, and you can observe costumed docents demonstrating a variety of early mining techniques, and even get muddy yourself, if you choose.  

Columbia Diggins Tent Town 1852 is presented from 10am-4pm daily, at Columbia State Historic Park, 4 miles north of Sonora in Tuolumne County, just off highway 49. Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Parking is free. Call 209-588-9128 for further details

Columbia SHP

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