Calico Ghost Town 1982 Page One

Calio was restored by Walter Knotts (Knotts Berry Farm, CA, also Knotts jams, Jellies and preserves)It was a silver mining town in the late 1800s. It is located between Barstow and Yermo, CA about 150 miles NNW of Los Angeles

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Picture I took at Calico follows this short history of Calico

Calico, California

Calico 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 in unincorporated San Bernardino County off of Interstate 15 3 miles Near Barstow. Giant letters spelling CALICO can be seen on the Calico Mountains behind the ghost town from the freeway.

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.

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.

In 1966, Walter Knott donated the town to San Bernardino County, and Calico became a county regional park.

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. During the tours, one may see silver ore so rich that there are gray spots of silver in the rock.

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.

Calico is a registered California historic monument, and is one of a number of ghost towns in California (other examples are Drawbridge and Bodie). It is the "official state silver rush ghost town" of California.


01. Overlooking Calico             

02. Overlooking Calico 

03. Overlooking Calico 

04. Lucy Lanes Home

05. Lucy Lane Home

06. This house is built using bottles

07. This house is built using bottles












19. Miners Shack

20. Miners Shack

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