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Out & About—Calico Ghost Town

Out & About The World

Along with the cemetery in Calico Ghost Town (Abandoned, yet still in use), I found the ghost town itself quite fascinating.

Calico, California, was founded as a mining town in 1881, but by 1907 it had been completely abandoned. During those 26 years, it produced $86 million in silver from over 500 mines in the area. Population peaked at 3,000.

Walter Knott, of California’s Knott’s Berry Farm fame, bought the town in 1950 or 1951—sources vary on the date—and restored it based on historical photographs.

Following is a selection of photographs that I took on July 30, 2018, when I was there.

Calico, California

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town, California

Calico fire hall

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

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Halls of History—Abandoned, yet still in use

Halls of History

Cemeteries always have fascinated me. My wise old grandmother’s house in Kingsville, Texas, was just 15 blocks from the cemetery where my dad and two brothers were buried.

When I visited the California Ghost Town on July 30, 2018, one had to drive by the cemetery in order to get to the Ghost Towh. Of course, I had to stop to take pictures.

Calico Ghost Town cemetery

Calico Ghost Town cemetery

Calico Ghost Town cemetery

Calico, California, was founded as a mining town in 1881, but by 1907 it had been completely abandoned. During those 26 years, it produced $86 million in silver from over 500 mines in the area. Population peaked at 3,000.

Walter Knott, of California’s Knott’s Berry Farm fame, bought the town in 1950 or 1951—sources vary on the date—and restored it based on historical photographs.

A walk through the cemetery revealed that it still is in use:

New headstone in the Calico Ghost Town cemetery

I wonder who the cemetery caretaker is. I also wonder why Helen had the privilege of being buried there even though was born 25 years after Calico had been abandoned.

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