Columbia Historic District

4 mi. NW of Sonora on CA 49, Sonora, California

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Miner's Shanty

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1992

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Description 

Gold was found at Columbia in 1850; by 1853, Columbia was the third largest city in the State. In 1854, a fire destroyed much of the town; fortunately, a considerable amount of brick was used in rebuilding, for a few years later a second great fire swept through. What remains of the "Gem of the Southern Mines" is the architectural showplace of the California Mother Lode. The town has been continually occupied since its founding. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 4, 1961

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000242
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Extractive facility; Business
Current functions
Single dwelling; Business
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant years
1854; 1858
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 39

Update Log 

  • June 28, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • January 2, 2017: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Mapped landmark

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