Monday – May 30, 2016
Calico Ghost Town
On an earlier trip in April 2016 through Barstow, California, we spotted a sign on Interstate 15 directing travelers to the Calico Ghost Town. We made a mental note to visit it on our return trip to Barstow in May 2016.
Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, Calico lost its population. The miner's packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a "ghost town."
Walter Knott purchased Calico in the 1950's architecturally restoring all but the five original buildings to look as they did in the 1880's. Calico received State Historical Landmark 782 and in 2005 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California's Silver Rush Ghost Town.
Today Calico is part of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks system visited by people from around the country and all over the world. The park offers visitors an opportunity to share in its rich history and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding desert environment. Along with its history and attractions, Calico Ghost Town has shops, restaurants and offers camping and outdoor recreation.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.
Departed: Barstow, California
Departure Time: 10:15 A.M.
Arrived: Yermo, California
Arrival Time: 10:45 P.M.
Campground: Calico Ghost Town
Type: County Park
Latitude: N 34.94550
Longitude: W 116.86120
Elevation: 2249 Feet
Camping Fee: $35.00 ($30.00 for Senior’s 62+)
Campsite Hookups: Full Hookup, Electric Only, and No Hookup
Campground Amenities: Water Spigots, Flush Toilets, Free Showers, Dump
Total Campsites: 265
Cellular Service: Verizon – 3G-1 Bars
Internet Service: Verizon Jetpack – 5 Bars
Dish TV Satellite Service: Excellent Service
Total miles traveled today: 20
North on Interstate 15 to Exit 191 – Ghost Town Road
North on Ghost Town Road to Campground