Columbia State Park Diggins with Lisa-Marie Pohl Photography
May 17 @ 10:00 am - May 20 @ 4:00 pm$7
Come join Lisa-Marie Pohl who volunteers as a docent and also takes photos at this great event!
Annual Reenactment of an 1852 Gold Rush Tent Town-May 17-20, 2018
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, express offices, and tent stores offered the homesick miner many goods, services and diversions, and the laws of supply and demand ruled the land. It didn’t take long for enterprising argonauts to realize 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. “It was really an active merchant economy,” according to park staff who help organize the event. “There were a lot of opportunities for people who knew how to provide a service, or were willing to bring in goods that were in high demand, such as liquor, dry goods, and provisions. And miners were willing to hand over their newly acquired riches for a few luxuries.”