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article imagePhoto essay: A closed visit to Calico Ghost Town Special

By Hector Garingalao     Sep 12, 2012 in Travel
Yermo - Going back home from Nevada to California, a group of people and I noticed a highway sign on the 15 Freeway: Ghost Town Road. We knew then that our trip was not over yet. We were heading to Calico Ghost Town.
Founded in 1881, following a silver strike, the historic town of Calico became a haven for silver mining. It is 10 miles north of Barstow, California.
Not until the late 1890s when the world value of silver started to fall down that Calico's silver mining started to cease. After that period, deposits of borax was discovered in the Calico mountains. Borax mining continued until 1910.
Walter Knott, founder of Knotts Berry Farm, bought the town from Zenda Mining Company. He then donated the town to the San Bernardino county in 1967, becoming a regional park, and in turn preserving Calico's history.
We arrived in Calico Ghost Town. It was closed. At least, the entrance to the ghost town proper was closed. The town's outskirts were openly accessible. It is where the Calico cemetery is. On the other side of the outskirts is the camping ground. Fortunately, the good-natured security guard allowed us to see the inside of the historic town, but only for 15 minutes.
I took pictures of the ghost town as much as I could within the short allocated time.
Photography shots that I have included in the essay are the ones that I think are the best. Well, they are decent to say the least.
Mining life in old Calico
Mining life in old Calico
Calico House restaurant
Calico House restaurant
Calico fire hall
Calico fire hall
Calico Lane House of Museum
Calico Lane House of Museum
Inside the  ghost town   of Calico  California
Inside the 'ghost town'' of Calico, California
Town of Calico is California registered historical landmark no. 782
Town of Calico is California registered historical landmark no. 782
Calico town hall
Calico town hall
Inside the  ghost town   of Calico  California
Inside the 'ghost town'' of Calico, California
Lane s general merchandise store in old Calico
Lane's general merchandise store in old Calico
Calico photo studio
Calico photo studio
Inside the  ghost town   of Calico  California
Inside the 'ghost town'' of Calico, California
Calico film store
Calico film store
Inside the  ghost town   of Calico  California
Inside the 'ghost town'' of Calico, California
Calico candle shop and Main Street stage
Calico candle shop and Main Street stage
Mining rail display
Mining rail display
Calico print
Calico print
Tourist Joe saloon photo op
Tourist Joe saloon photo op
Inside the  ghost town   of Calico  California
Inside the 'ghost town'' of Calico, California
Calico rocks and fossils shop
Calico rocks and fossils shop
Calico drug store
Calico drug store
Inside the  ghost town   of Calico  California
Inside the 'ghost town'' of Calico, California
Life in old Calico
Life in old Calico
Life in old Calico
Life in old Calico
Calico Main Street stage
Calico Main Street stage
Calico candle shop
Calico candle shop
Inside the  ghost town   of Calico  California
Inside the 'ghost town'' of Calico, California
Calico saddle shop
Calico saddle shop
Stage coach stop
Stage coach stop
Ghost town museum preserving Calico s past atmosphere
Ghost town museum preserving Calico's past atmosphere
Calico Ghost Town was founded in 1881
Calico Ghost Town was founded in 1881
Ghost town bulletin board
Ghost town bulletin board
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