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Columbia - Part Two
Columbia State Historic Park, near Sonora, California

Most of the 63 historic sites shown on the Columbia SHP map are clustered along Main Street. A fine red brick one-room schoolhouse stands on a hill north of town.

The gold at Columbia was dispersed through deposits of sand and soil resting on limestone bedrock. In the process of mining these deposits the ground level around town was lowered by twenty or more feet. St Anne's church, on the south edge of town, never allowed mining, and ended standing up on a small hill with bedrock exposed all around.


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Jackson Street in Columbia

Jackson Street in Columbia

Jackson Street, a block back from Main Street in Columbia

Columbia State Historical Park, California

Date photographed: June 29, 2012
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Old Columbia Schoolhouse

Old Columbia Schoolhouse

The old Columbia Schoolhouse, on a hilltop on the northern outskirts of town

Columbia State Historical Park, California

Date photographed: June 29, 2012
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Inside the Columbia Schoolhouse

Inside the Columbia Schoolhouse

Inside the historic Columbia Schoolhouse

Columbia State Historical Park, California

Date photographed: June 29, 2012
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Limestone Bedrock in Columbia

Limestone Bedrock in Columbia

Limestone bedrock, exposed by place mining, is seen everywhere in and near Columbia

Columbia State Historical Park, California

Date photographed: June 29, 2012
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St Anne's Church in Columbia

St Anne's Church in Columbia

St Anne's Catholic Church stands on a red dirt hilltop because everywhere around it has been mined away

Columbia State Historical Park, California

Date photographed: June 29, 2012
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