Jamestown California: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Opens for the Season

General Information

train on tracksAt Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, California, history comes to life with vintage steam trains, a working roundhouse, and the timeless Sierra Railway Shops, a designated California Historical Landmark.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is located in Tuolumne County, the heart of the historic California Gold Rush countryside. The region’s colorful past dates from times prehistoric, and today is home to a wide variety of natural and man-made wonders. Located along Highway 49, Tuolumne County boasts quaint Gold Rush towns, wineries, wide-open countryside, and the high-country of the spectacular Sierra Nevada.

Explore popular attractions nearby, including the Gold Rush towns of Jamestown and Sonora, Columbia State Historic Park, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Yosemite National Park and scenic underground caverns. A variety of quality restaurants, lodging, antique stores, wineries, specialty shops, as well as summer and winter recreation are within a short drive of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Ski resorts, rugged mountain roads and a drive over the Sierra on Highway 108 – the majestic Sonora Pass – offers something for everyone.


Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day)

April-October: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
November-March: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


  • Adults – $5 adults
  • Youths – $3 youths (ages 6-17)
  • Children – Free (ages 5 and under)
  • Members – Free

If you purchase train tickets, park admission is include in the train ticket price.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
10501 Reservoir Rd.
Jamestown, CA 95327
(209) 984-3953


Free parking is available onsite in a small lot located immediately adjacent to the Railtown Depot, and a larger lot located just to the west and across the tracks from the Depot.

By |2019-04-10T03:10:45-07:00April 1st, 2019|Jamestown, Railtown, Things to Do|Comments Off on Jamestown California: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Opens for the Season


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