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“A Look Into The Past” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town
36600 Ghost Town Road Yermo, CA 92398, Yermo, CA 92398
800-TOC-ALICO or 760-254-2122
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Yermo
Type: Ghost Towns, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Camping/rv
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Owner description: Visitors from around the world come to Calico each year to experience a real ghost town originally settled in the 1880s.A hive of activity for the adventurous at heart - the park hosts the Mystery Shack- a crooked house where water runs uphill, two museums, narrow-gauge train rides and gold panning.Calico was founded during California’s largest silver strike. The town thrived for 12 years, until the price of silver plunged and mining operations ceased. By 1907, residents had moved away, leaving Calico to the tumbleweeds and spirits.Amenities include group and RV camping, mountain bike trails and off-road vehicle areas, fourteen shops, three restaurants, cabins and bunkhouses. Special events are held year-round, including Civil War re-enactments in February, Spring Festival featuring Americana music, the Calico Days Festival when the town’s rich mining history is celebrated with a burro race, miner’s triathlon, music and more, and let’s not overlook the ever-popular Halloween Ghost Haunt in October. The desert park is just a few miles north of Barstow, and minutes offInterstate 15. Calico Ghost Town is a great place to get a bite to eat and do a little shopping if you’re traveling between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
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“A Look Into The Past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This was a most interesting place although it was very very windy when we went there - it was a real look into the past. It has been lovingly restored and is a great credit to its benefactor. The people in the shops were very friendly and their wares lovely and ,for the most part, made by hand. We walked around for about 1 hr and we even panned for gold (not very successfully) - I would love to visit this town again when the weather was more hospitable but if you are around this area and have an hour or so to spare - you could do a lot worse than visit this town. I went with my husband, sister and her husband - my sister and I did the most exploring while our husbands sheltered from the weather!

Visited September 2012
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“If you want to go back in time...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in Barstow for a night and decided to visit the area before leaving. We found this little ghost town. Is it worth it? Well, if you don't go you will never cry but if you have 7$ to spare and you have 2 hrs to spend ...why not! Its cute and well preserve.

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“Calico Ghost Town, a window into the past, and present.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Although it was pretty cold when we stopped at Calico, you could still apreciate the value of Mining towns like this one, where early american furtune seekers gambled even their own lives at mining for Silver.

Visited December 2012
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Pasadena, California
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“Calico Ghost Town is Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Great shops and friendly people. A trip back in time to the old west. Food was good, staff were friendly and helpful. The woman in the wood working shop had some fantastic wooden puzzles first designed in the 1800s. She was SO helpful and new so much about the history of puzzles. Loved her hospitality and friendly nature.

Visited January 2013
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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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“Calico, a ghosts best friend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I visited as a kid and I loved it, and vowed to take my kids when we had the chance. To my delight, things had changed a bit, but for the better. Thankfully, we visited in mid spring so the temps were delightful. Even though you get kinda nickled-and-dimed here, the experience was well worth it, even back to our room the kids ranted about it. Definitely worth a drive from Vegas if you can.

Visited April 2012
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