In 2005, then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed Calico to be California’s Silver Rush Ghost Town. At the height of its silver production in the mid-1880s, Calico (named for its Calico colored peak) had 500 mines and had drawn nationals from China, the Netherlands, Greece, France, Ireland and England. The small town had everything one could possibly need; a school district, a post office, a Wells Fargo, bars, a meat market, brothels, general stores, hotels, lawyers, a sheriff, doctors… How I wish I could have walked the main street in its heyday. Of course, if I had a time machine to go back in time it would have to be very accurate since Calico became a ghost town just twenty years after its conception.
For just eight dollars per person it is the perfect place to stop on the way to or from Las Vegas from California. Walter Knott had a vision seventy years ago, when restoring it to its original condition.
We’ll be back.