Visit us in historical Columbia
Towle & Leavitt was founded in 1853 on California’s eastern side, the Sierra foothills, during the famous California Gold Rush. Visit us in historical Columbia State Park and walk back in time. Catch a ride on an authentic stagecoach, order a cold, locally made sarsaparilla soda in a Western-style saloon, or feel the heat in a working blacksmith's forge.
Conveniently located off of Highway 49, Columbia is an easy and scenic drive that neighbors other historic towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills including Sonora, Jamestown, and Angels Camp making it a popular destination for day-trippers and weekenders alike. Columbia is also easy on the budget with free admission, free parking, and free guided tours of the town by docents.
Our Towle & Leavitt store has not only unique gifts but we also have historical information for teachers of 4th Grade California History classes. Make sure to stop in and say "hello!" For more information, please download this pdf - Columbia State Historic Park School Group Student Specials 2019/2020
We are also proud of our neighbors. Please check out the links below.
And if you love history as much as we do, pick up a copy of Mark Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. The book launched Twain's publishing career. It was written between 1864-65 during his stay at Jackass Hill.
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." — Mark Twain