A print of a bird’s eye view of the town of Columbia, California surrounded by images of the town’s major buildings, 1855.
Columbia is an example of a Gold Rush boomtown. It was founded in 1850 when gold was discovered nearby. Within a few years, Columbia had numerous businesses including banks, stores, bars, and hotels, as well as community institutions like churches. This print features the town at the center, surrounded by images of buildings, businesses, and community institutions. Mining infrastructure and equipment are also visible in the bird’s eye view of the town.