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Columbia State Historic Park Presents History’s Mysteries
Step back in time to solve a mystery, as the Friends of Columbia State Historic Park’s costumed docents reenact a crime for History’s Mysteries participants in upcoming events on Aug. 3 and 17. Photo Contributed

At Columbia State Historic Park, the nonprofit organization Friends of Columbia State Historic Park, presents “History’s Mysteries” on Saturdays, Aug. 3 and Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. Cost is five dollars per person.

Those planning to attend are asked to reserve tickets online, as space is limited to 35 participants. Go to or call 209-588-8411 to reserve your spot.

Participants take part in solving a historical crime that actually took place, in early Columbia. Friends of Columbia State Historic Park’s costumed docents reenact a crime, while History’s Mysteries participants put their investigative skills to the test. Though the presentation provides circumstantial evidence, it is up to the participants to seek out the truth of this tragic event by watching a reenactment of the events, walking through the crime scene, interviewing “witnesses” and participating in the resulting inquest.

For more information about this event or other events at Columbia State Historic Park, contact the park office at 209-588-9128.

Columbia State Historic Park, located in Tuolumne County, is designated as a National Historic Landmark District and has been preserved to tell the story of the towns which arose during the California Gold Rush to serve the needs of miners. California State Parks has restored and continues to preserve over 30 of the original brick buildings along the town’s Main Street.

Columbia State Historic Park annually hosts over 400,000 visitors and is a major tourist destination in Tuolumne County. Its many historic-style stores and restaurants are run by over 20 concessionaires whose businesses, along with park staff and volunteers, help recreate the experience of the California Gold Rush for visitors from around the world.

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