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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 larger pictures.

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Mom at Calico     My stepfather Bob - aka Pop

This is Mom (Lynn) and Pop (Bob) at Calico.

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Mines     Mines

If you look closely at the mountains, you can see the entrances to several mines.  There are tons of them in the mountains at Calico.

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Street in Calico     Town of Calico

Here are two more nice shots of the Town of Calico.  You can see the beautiful formations of rock in the background.

 

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Pop with his purse     Don't they look tired????

Here's the folks resting.  Doesn't Pop look cute with his purse???  Just kidding Pop!  It's mom's purse.  

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Maggie Mine     Rock Formations

The shot on the left is of the Maggie Mine.  You can go into the Maggie Mine for an additional charge.  Since I suffer from claustrophobia, I didn't think that would be such a great idea for me.  

 

The picture on the right is of a beautiful rock formation taken as you enter Calico Ghost Town.

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