11
Jan-2017

Day Trip to Calico Ghost Town

What is it about ghost towns that allure tourists from all parts of the world? Abandoned old towns can offer a unique experience of history for kids of all ages.

010517-calico-06w

Calico Ghost Town is an old silver mining town that has been around since 1881. But when the silver market collapsed in the late 1800s the town was abandoned. Thanks to restoration by Knott’s Berry Farm, Calico became a tourist attraction and a California Historical Landmark.

010517-calico-13w

The main street is lined with replica wooden buildings populated by restaurants, shops, saloon, blacksmiths shop, drug store and museums.

010517-calico-09w

010517-calico-11w

010517-calico-28w

010517-calico-07w

010517-calico-121w

Overlooking Calico’s main street is the schoolhouse. A one-room schoolhouse was a hard concept for our kids.

010517-calico-31w

010517-calico-36w

010517-calico-38w

The quirky mystery shack lead up to its name. Our guide showed us magical sites such as water running uphill, a broom standing by itself and balls rolling up instead of down.

010517-calico-21w

010517-calico-26w

Higher up in the mineral rich colorful Calico hills are various mine buildings, former miners’ shacks and original or restored equipment.

010517-calico-45w

010517-calico-51w

010517-calico-54w

010517-calico-46w

Back in the heyday, the Calico & Odessa Railway hauled supplies to the miners. Now visitors can sit back and enjoy the narrow-gauge loop through the heavily mined mountains.

010517 Calico 71w

010517 Calico 73w

010517 Calico 72w

010517 Calico 76w

010517 Calico 79w

To absorb what is was like to work underground, the Maggie Mine was open for self-guided tours.

010517 Calico 68w

010517 Calico 98w

010517 Calico 101w

010517 Calico 65w

The kids tried their skill at panning for gold. That iron pyrite sure did fool them; they even offered to buy us lunch!

010517 Calico 107w

010517 Calico 112w

010517 Calico 113w

Have you visited Calico Ghost Town? We love to connect with others, so feel free to leave us a comment!

010517-calico-33w

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

1

 likes / 0 Comments
Share this post:

comment this post


Click on form to scroll

Archives

> <
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec