California

Calico ghost town, Mojave Desert

36600 Ghost Town Road, Yermo, CA 92398
Updated October 19, 2011
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Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 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."

Today Calico is a county park operating mine tours, gunfight stunt shows, gold panning, a restaurant, the Calico & Odessa Railroad and a number of general merchandise stores.

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Steve Bellamy, Wales
36600 Ghost Town Road, Yermo, CA 92398
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Listing updated October 19, 2011

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