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    Default Something a little different......Calico

    OK, I know, not your true ghost town. Well, anyway, it's got a little bit of ghost town in it. Now, a lot of you have been to Calico, just east of Barstow, California. It was originally built up by Walter Knott of the popular theme park, Knott's Berry Farm. He built, restored, and moved buildings into the town and created a popular tourist destination. This was an actual town at one time and the canyon to the east, Odessa Canyon, actually has a ghost town in it of which most people are not aware of. Not much left but the remains of a few foundations and a lot of square nails. Anyway, just for kicks, I thought I'd post some stuff I took at Calico 51 years ago just so you folks could see what it looked like back in the 50's. Some of you may know what it looks like now but I doubt that many saw it back then so here it is.

    The first picture is left over from the series of the Mother Lode and is the Bret Harte Cabin. The last two are taken at Calico in 1958-59. All the Calico slides were taken in the 50's. I have a lot of photos to scan and process so this series will continue for a while (unless you get bored with this stuff).
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    Thumbs up Nice!

    The last time I was to Calico was about 20 years ago. And as I recall, it looked about the same...except there were 10,000 people swarming the place!

    How did you manage to get photos without tourists???

    And yes, there are lots of abandoned mining camps scattered all through the hills around there. It can be a fun place to explore when the weather is right.

    And keep 'em coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeZona View Post

    How did you manage to get photos without tourists???

    And keep 'em coming!

    That was the beauty of going up there in the "early" years. Ya didn't have swarms of people to contend with. And don't worry, I have plenty more on the way.
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    I have a lot of photos to scan and process so this series will continue for a while (unless you get bored with this stuff).

    "Get bored with this stuff"... Haha! good one!

    Sorry, I don't think you'll ever satiate our hunger for new GT photos.

    I took my family there on the way back from Death Valley 6 years ago around New Years. There were very few people there on that cold and cloudy day, also.

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    Ahhhh, a retirement villa for all us ghost towners to move to when we retire. Great pics!!!

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    Awesome pic's Don. Thanx for sharing. Again.

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    Thanks for posting these!

    And good luck with that "boring us with pics" bidness - like that'll ever happen!

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    actuall going to camp near calico this weekend. guess they have some thing for kids to go trick or treating. havent been there since 1994 so should be fun to check out.

    always look forward to your pics.

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    WOW, has it been 51 years already?!?

    Bored? What's that? Your photos are simply fantastic Don! Pleeeeeease keep them coming!

    Vaquero, how is your ear now that the moth is out????
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverstate55 View Post
    Vaquero, how is your ear now that the moth is out????

    haha, ear is good to go and vacant for the next critter...not.

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