During the early days of the California Gold Rush, as miners streamed through the undeveloped hills of the Mother Lode, tent and shanty towns sprung up overnight. Saloons, boarding houses, restaurants, laundries and tent stores offered miners many goods. Proprietors quickly learned that mining the pockets of the miners was an easier way to get their gold. At Columbia State Historic Park in Tuolumne County, docents and staff recreate an early tent town to demonstrate the daily life of the young state. You’ll get a chance to wander through the early tent town, enjoy entertainment at the Theatre, step into the Saloon and order a sarsasparilla, or browse in the authentically recreated Brown’s Mercantile. Afterwards, enjoy strolling the main street of the town’s old Gold rush-era business district. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or eat at one of the restaurants.