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“Calico Ghost Town, a window into the past, and present.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Yermo
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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.
San Diego, California
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“Calico Ghost Town, a window into the past, and present.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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Hesperia, California, United States
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“fun andventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

great history lesson but still fun for the family. for those of you who want even more adventures. dirt roads on east side takes you around to the back of the town where exploration is limitless. careful though.alot of open mines can be dangerous. but worth it.f.i.y. dirt roads recomend 4x4.

Visited March 2012
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

My husband and I stopped here on our way back to LA after spending time in Vegas. It sort of reminded us of Shantytown (a similar attraction on the West Coast of NZ); it was interesting to go through an old mine - admittedly the 'models' are a bit naff; but the it was interesting to see how the people lived and the history of mining. There was a train that took you round the outside and the voiceover pointed out points of interest. We did a little shopping and I bought my mum a bear dressed in a salon girls outfit which was very cute.

Visited March 2012
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