On March 27, 1850, the Hildreth Party discovered gold in an area which would become Columbia, California. Shortly after the town became one of the largest towns in California and at one point was placed in consideration as the California state capital.
Presently, most of the town of Columbia is a California State Park, and it is the best preserved Gold Rush era town in the entire state.
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