It’s common for 4th graders in California, to have to do a project that someone incorporates this theme. I’m not quite sure what the project is as its been 15 years since I was in 4th grade and I didn’t really ask. All I knew was that my niece has to do a project and she chose Columbia so my sister invited me to go up with them.
This past Saturday morning, we drove up to historic Columbia. This town, or at least the historic part of it, is the only living California State Park…or something along those lines. Basically it means that people still work and live there so they don’t charge an entrance fee like all other state parks. They rely solely on donations made when people visit the historic gold rush down. And it’s never been a ghost town the entire time it’s been around. There has always been people living and running businesses there.
I think this is a great place to visit, even if only for a couple of hours. They have a short walking tour (where you learn about movies that filmed there and other cool, interesting facts), an active blacksmith store, a stage coach ride, and you can pan for gold. They have businesses that are running inside of the historic buildings, including a bank and hotel.
Also, I finally learned where the saying “Good night, sleep tight” comes from.