In July 2002, we had to make a trip to
California as my ex-stepfather had a rather serious heart attack. We
didn't want to leave my brother to face that alone. So on July 18, my
mother Lynn, Step-father, Bob, and I all boarded a plane from Orlando to Detroit
then on to Las Vegas. From there, we drove to Barstow, California.
Then we went on to Los Angeles as Herman was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical
Center where we received the best care available. While on our impromptu
trip, we did get to see a few of the sites.
Ghost Town is locate in Yermo, California. At one time my brother
Shane and his dad Herman lived there. Now Herman lives in Barstow, CA and
Shane lives in nearby Newberry Springs, California.
More than a 100 years ago,
the town of Calico was bustling with
prospectors. Founded in March 1881, it grew to a population of 1,200 with 22
saloons and more than 500 mines. Silver was king, and the Calico Mining District
became one of the richest in California, producing silver, borax and, gold.
After 1907, when silver prices dropped and borax mining moved to Death Valley,
Calico became a ghost town.
Today, one third of the
town is original. The rest carefully
reconstructed to recreate the "spirit' of Calico's Old West past.
You can click on the thumbnails to view the
The first picture was taken of the sign on the
Mountains announcing Calico. The one on the right was taken as we were
driving up to Calico. I just fell in love with the Barstow area. The
mountains are so beautiful. I took 16 rolls of film in 10 days. LOL.
I'm a picture nut!
These 2 pictures were taken from the top
of an observation mountain.
Here are some snaps of 2 of the signs that tell all
These first picture was taken in the
Blacksmith's shop and the second is of the Church/School of Calico.
The left picture is of
one of the beautiful mountains at Calico. The picture on the right is of a
dry lake bed taken from the observation point. The light sandy area is the
dry lake bed - which are abundant in the high desert.
This RingSurf THE GHOST TOWN WEBRING Net Ring
owned by Terri Lynn's Calico Page.
© 2002 Terri Lynn