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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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Old Stove     Mining Cars

The old stove picture was used by the oldest living resident of Calico.  These mining cars were used to transport the silver, gold and borax from the mines.

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Worker     Worker

All the people who work at Calico now dress in period costumes such as this young lady.

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Flags     House of Bottles

The flags of Calico.  The house pictured here is made of glass bottles.  It's very interesting! 

 

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Post Office     Privy

The old post office was very quaint.  As you can tell, it was also very small.  I just had to take a picture of the privy, too. LOL

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Calico     Old Wagon

I just love Calico as you can tell by my many pictures.  The old wagons especially caught my eye.

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Well that's all my pictures of Calico Ghost town.  Hope you enjoyed seeing our trip!

 

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