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Sightseeing and landmarks in Stanislaus County

Art museums

History Museum
“HISTORY COLLECTION The Haggin Museum’s history collection and exhibits relate primarily to local and regional history. The extensive history galleries offer visitors a chance to travel back in time to learn more about Stockton and California history. Pioneer Room California Room Jennie Hunter Rooms Holt Memorial Hall Storefronts Vehicle Gallery American Indian Gallery”
  • 5 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“Beautiful restored Victorian mansion. Very important history in regards to early history of Modesto.”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“HISTORY COLLECTION The Haggin Museum’s history collection and exhibits relate primarily to local and regional history. The extensive history galleries offer visitors a chance to travel back in time to learn more about Stockton and California history. Pioneer Room California Room Jennie Hunter Rooms Holt Memorial Hall Storefronts Vehicle Gallery American Indian Gallery”
  • 5 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“3rd largest reservoir in California where you can enjoy miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, swimming, boating and boat rentals, kayaking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing and stargazing.”
  • 1 local recommends

Historic sites

State / Provincial Park
“Gold was discovered in the area that became Columbia on March 27, 1850, and was one of the richest finds of the California Gold Rush. The surface-level deposits were amenable to placer mining, but lacked water needed for such operations. Over the next seven years, a network of water supply aqueducts was built (at a cost of over $1 million) to the area to support mining operations. By 1852, sufficient water was arriving to support the development of a mining boom town, and large-scale mining operations began in 1856. The town was incorporated in 1854, and its population fluctuated in the 1850s between 2,000 and 5,000 people. The town was repeatedly struck by fire, and much of the construction after an 1857 fire was in brick”
  • 83 locals recommend
History Museum
“Beautiful restored Victorian mansion. Very important history in regards to early history of Modesto.”
  • 8 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“What a fun day to spend with the family. Columbia has everything from good food, a couple sweet shoppe stores, gift stores, a stagecoach ride around the center of town, candle dipping, old timer photo booths and a blacksmith. The parking is free and the people are friendly!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Historic Site
“If you want to have the kids giggle, take them to "Jackass Hill" to see Mark Twain's cabin. To get them ready, we have an audible book of "The Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain. My guys (now they are grown men) love to drive to "Jackass Hill" - weird maybe but I loved to hear them roar with laughter every time. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Columbia seems to be frozen in the 1800's. Today, Columbia State Historic Park is the best preserved of California gold rush towns.”
  • 1 local recommends
State / Provincial Park
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