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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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Burned Building at Calico     Borax

Recently a fire at Calico burned some of the original buildings including this one.  This is a sample of borax residue.  Borax is just one of the minerals that was mined at Calico in it's heyday.

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Mountains of Calico     Going to Calico

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.  The second shot was taken at the entrance to Calico.

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Old Fire Pumper Truck     Sign about fire truck

This is an old fire truck from Calico. The sign informs you of the details about the fire truck.

 

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Teresa at Calico     Picture of Calico

Shane took this shot of me as I was walking down from the observation area.  I don't like heights!   The second picture is an old painting of the original Calico.

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Old Wagon     Old Clothes

I love old wagon's and couldn't resist this picture. The old clothes hanging from the rafters in the general store are representative of period clothing. 

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Hope you enjoyed seeing our trip to Calico Ghost Town!

 

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