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Encyclopedia > Calico, California
Calico in the Mojave Desert
Calico in the Mojave Desert
Calico in the evening
Calico in the evening

Calico, California is a ghost town located in the Mojave Desert region of Southern California. Founded in 1881 as a silver mining town, today it is a county park. It is located off of Interstate 15 near Barstow. Giant letters spelling CALICO can be seen on the hills behind the ghost town from the freeway. Image File history File links Calico_Ghost_Town_2004_b. ... Image File history File links Calico_Ghost_Town_2004_b. ... Image File history File links Calico_Ghost_Town_2004. ... Image File history File links Calico_Ghost_Town_2004. ... A street corner in the ghost town of Bodie, California. ... Looking across from Emigrant Pass towards the Kingston Range in the eastern Mojave. ... Southern California Downtown Los Angeles Skyline Vintage Disneyland Southern California, sometimes abbreviated SoCal or colloquially, the Southland, is an informal name for the megalopolis and nearby desert that occupies the southern-most quarter of the state of California. ... General Name, Symbol, Number silver, Ag, 47 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 5, d Appearance lustrous white metal Atomic mass 107. ... The El Chino Mine located near Silver City, New Mexico is an open-pit copper mine This article is about mineral extraction. ... An Australian park A park is any of a number of geographic features. ... Interstate 15 (abbreviated I-15) is the fourth longest north-south transcontinental interstate highway in the United States, traveling through the states of Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. ... Barstow is a city located in San Bernardino County, California. ...


At its height, Calico boasted a population of 1,200 people, and over 500 mines. During the mid 1890s the price of silver dropped and Calico's silver mines were no longer economically viable. With the end of borax mining in the region in 1907 the town became completely abandoned. The last original inhabitant of Calico before it was abandoned, Mrs. Lucy Bell Lane, died in the 1960s. Her house remains as the main museum in town. The 1890s were sometimes referred to as the Mauve Decade, because William Henry Perkins aniline dye allowed the widespread use of that colour in fashion, and also as the Gay Nineties, under the then-current usage of the word gay which referred simply to merriment and frivolity, with no... Borax is a somewhat generic name used to describe a number of closely related minerals or chemical compounds: anhydrous borax (Na2B4O7) borax pentahydrate (Na2B4O7 Â· 5H2O) borax decahydrate (Na2B4O7 Â· 10H2O) The borax term is most usually used to describe borax decahydrate. ...


In 1951, Walter Knott, founder of Knott's Berry Farm, purchased the town and began restoring it to its original condition using old photographs. Though many of the original town buildings exist today, many others were restored as exact replicas of their originals on preexisting foundations. Walter Knott (1889–1981), farmer, creator of Knotts Berry Farm amusement park. ... Knotts Berry Farm is a theme park in Buena Park, California, and a manufacturer of food specialty products (primarily jams and preserves) based in Placentia, California. ...


In 1966, Walter Knott donated the town to San Bernardino County, and Calico became a county regional park. San Bernardino County is the largest county in the United States by area, containing more land than 9 states. ...


Today, the park operates mine tours, gunfight stunt shows, gold panning, a restaurant, the Calico & Odessa Railroad and a number of general merchandise stores. It is open daily, and requires an entrance fee. A sluice box used in placer mining Placer mining (pronounced plass-er) is a open-pit or open-cast form of mining by which certain valuable minerals are extracted from the earth without tunneling. ... Toms Restaurant, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... The Calico & Odessa Railroad is a heritage railway in the ghost town of Calico, California, headquartered in Yermo, California. ...


Some believe that Calico is haunted by the spirits of miners.


The town was the basis for the Kenny Rogers and the First Edition album The Ballad of Calico. The First Edition (later known as Kenny Rogers and The First Edition) was a Country/Rock group, stalwart members being Kenny Rogers, Mickey Jones and Terry Williams. ... The Ballad of Calico was the eight studio album by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition and released as Reprise Records 6476. ...


Calico is a registered California historic monument, and is one of two authentic ghost towns in California (the other is Bodie). It is the "official state silver rush ghost town" of California. [1] Bodie, California, from cemetery Bodie, California, is a ghost town on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, United States, about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Lake Tahoe. ...


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Calico Ghost Town, California (558 words)
At its height, the town boasted a population of 1,200, 22 saloons, a "Chinatown," and a well-known red light district.
Calico's ghosts slumbered on its barren desert hillside until 1951, when a man named Walter Knott purchased the real estate upon which it sat.
Calico is a delightful patchwork, the product of a checkered past, all woven together into a sight worth seeing.
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