Welcome to Tuolumne County, the historic Mother Lode!
PLANNING YOUR VISIT
Tuolumne County offers so much to see and do there is no way we could present a comprehensive list! Please visit the links below to find out more information about our great County including places to stay, shop, visit, and recreate. Start by purusing the 2010 Tuolumne County Visitor’s Guide.
In the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills, in the heart of California’s “Gold Country” lies Sonora, named after the miners from Sonora, Mexico who settled the city in 1848. Known as the “Queen of the Southern Mines”, Sonora still holds on to its historic charm with many of its existing buildings dating back to the 1800’s.
Incorporated in 1851, this hastily established mining camp took on the identity of a town and while gold mining was the driving force, it quickly evolved into the commercial, government and cultural center for the region.
The Gold Rush to Columbia, California began on March 27, 1850 by a small party of prospectors. News of the discovery spread and they were soon joined by a flood of miners. Unlike many settlements that have changed with the times, Columbia, California seems to be frozen in the 1800's. Today, Columbia State Historic Park is the best preserved of California gold rush towns.