California State Historic Landmark 123

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#123 Columbia
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.'

#123 Columbia
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.

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Columbia SHP, NW corner of Washington and Broadway Sts, Columbia.


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