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Calico, California Ghost Town

Over a century ago, the town of Calico was bustling with newcomers, mainly prospectors, all looking for adventure and wealth. Founded in March 1881, the population grew up to 1,200 with 22 saloons, bordellos, boarding houses and more than 500 mines.

Silver was what prospectors and adventurers were looking for—and they found it!

Calico’s Mining District became one of the richest in California, producing over $86 million in silver, $45 million in borax and, naturally, gold.

However, 26 years later, silver prices went down drastically, borax mining was abandoned and the town of Calico, gradually, became a ghost town.

Calico was preserved by Walter Knott (related to the owner of the Calico’s Silver King mine, also, founder of Knott’s Berry Farm) and donated to the San Bernardino County in the year of 1966.

Today, you can visit Calico ghost town, located on 480 acres in the San Bernadino County Regional Park. Every year, busloads of tourists visit the town and the mining museum. Actors in period costumes are many and you can view living history reenactments—stage coach rides and gunfights.

Mining equipment is on display in several areas.

Bring, plenty of film. You’ll need it!

Maryvonne CM Martin
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Maryvonne Martin
Poetry Sharings Journal

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