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< Sunday, May 19, 2024 >

All Day Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Gold Pans and Cattle Brands May 16-19, 2024
Frogtown, CA...The Frog Stops are out! Here is where you can find entry guide books and other fun information. Sierra Hills Market - Murphys, Senders Market - Valley Springs, Calaveras County Public Library - San Andreas, Mechanics Bank - Angels Camp, Big Trees Market - Arnold

All Day California Gold Rush History Comes to Life at Columbia State Historic Park
Columbia, CA...Columbia State Historic Park and Friends of Columbia invite the public on May 16-19 to explore “Diggins Tent Town 1852,” a recreation of an 1850s mining camp. At this annual living history event, visitors have the opportunity to experience the Gold Rush come to life. Over 150 costumed volunteers will help to recreate life in the Gold Rush era in detail, including clothing, food and entertainment.

The event weaves visitors through the lives of those who lived in Columbia in 1852; the stories of early miners and their families, politics, and daily events. Some of the event activities include:
  • Meeting the merchants, artisans and entertainers who have come to the Diggins to “mine the miners’ pockets.”
  • Interacting and observing the lifestyles of the early miners as they prepare their meals, launder their clothing and care for livestock.
  • Learning about their crafts, how their children played, their entertainment – including music and gambling. A variety of foods, drinks and other items are available for purchase during the event.
“We just love to entertain and educate the public on this part of California’s past, the Gold Rush. We do it for the love of history,” said Susie Webb, a long-time park volunteer who has played a role in this event for over 15-years. You can find Susie, aka Mrs. Freeman, at the American Hotel during the four-day event preparing delicious meals and interpreting hotel life during 1852.

Visitors can also explore the historic town of Columbia. There is no charge for parking and admission to the park. The living history event is $10 per adult and $2 per child age 5 and older. For more information visit, email the park at or call (209) 536-2649

What: Diggins Tent Town 1852

When: May 16–19, 2024
Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Columbia State Historic Park
Admission: $10 per adult, $2 per child age 5 and older


The California Department of Parks and Recreation, popularly known as State Parks, and the programs supported by its Office of Historic Preservation and divisions of Boating and Waterways and Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation provides for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Learn more at

Friends of Columbia is one of over 80 cooperating associations, working in support of state parks in California. As such, board members, volunteers, contributors and sponsors play a vital role in keeping this important part of California history alive through programs of enrichment. Please visit

Columbia Merchants offer unique dining, shopping and activities in the park. Visitors will find restaurants, saloons, gold panning and stagecoach rides. For more information and contact details, please visit the Columbia business listing.

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

Columbia State Historic Park is a major tourist destination in Tuolumne County. The park includes more than twenty concessionaires whose businesses, along with park staff and volunteers, help recreate the experience of the California Gold Rush for visitors from around the world. To learn more visit or call (209) 588-9128.
All Day Our Sunday Edition with Local Features, Local Specials & More Every Sunday All Day Long!
Arnold, CA...Our goal is to bring back the feel of the old Sunday Paper. It was a day for features, profiles and most importantly the Rotogravure section with all the color ads that had kids begging mom & dad for the latest toys, Dad checking out the new hardware and automotive specials and Moms everywhere looking for the best for their families. So it was a day to let the hard news and crime stories wait till Monday if they could and focus on fun, family and of course Shopping. So join us for our Big, New, Sunday Edition where we will feature everything Fun, New, & most importantly On Sale at our local stores and businesses!!!

If you own or run a local business in Calaveras, Amador, Alpine & Tuolumne Counties give us a call at 209.768.3929 or email us at for great Sunday Special ad rates. During the week ads and promotions compete with the news, on Sundays the ads and features are the news!! only accepts advertising from locally owned or core businesses in our local area. Shop Local!!
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM Angels Camp Firefighter Association Pancake Breakfast
Adults $12.50
Kids $5.00
Breakfast includes: Ham, eggs, milk, juice, coffee, and all you can eat pancakes!
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