Saturday, January 14, 2012

Calico Ghostown

Calico was a mining town that was settled back in 1881.  At one point there were 1900 inhabitants.  The silver and gold mines brought the miners and that meant the town needed saloon keepers, ladies of the night, blacksmiths and supply store operators. When the last silver mine became unprofitable, the population declined.  By 1951 there were only 10 residents. The owner of Knott's Berry Farm, a theme park in California, purchased the property and it has been revitalized.  Many of the original buildings have been repaired.  Some now contain restaurants, boutiques, gift shops and an Olde Tyme photographer.  They even repaired part of the old train line, which will give you a ride around the town.  We got to go 1000 feet into the old mine, watch a gunfight on main street, see craftsman at work and even get a cup of Starbuck's coffee at a shop there.



The town train
old buckboard

Cave home
House made of bottles

Deb's new friend, the town saddle maker
Deb's new friend loses the gunfight

                                                          Bad Deb in jail once again

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