Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Calico Ghost Town

Calico is a ghost town and former mining town in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Located in the Calico Mountains of the Mojave Desert region of Southern California, it was founded in 1881 as a silver mining town, and today has been converted into a county park. Located off Interstate 15, it lies 3 miles (4.8 km) from Barstow and 3 miles from Yermo. Giant lettersspelling CALICO can be seen on the Calico Peaks behind the ghost town from the freeway. Walter Knott purchased Calico in 1950s, architecturally restoring all but the five remaining original buildings to look as they did in 1880s. Calico received State Historical Landmark 782 and in 2005 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California's Silver Rush Ghost Town.

Main Street

Looking at the bottle house far in the distance
A closer look at the bottle house

Near a destroyed home

View of the restaurant

Entrance to a mine
 A must visit place for history enthusiasts and travelers. The place is always lively and fun. 

Directions and Timing: Yermo, CA 92398. View Map I-15 at Ghost Town Road Exit. Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. except Christmas Day Phone: 800-86-CALICO Fax: (760) 254-2047

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