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Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town Review

Once a wild and wealthy mining town, Calico took off in 1881 when prospectors found a rich deposit of silver in the area, and by 1886 more than $85 million worth of silver, gold, and other precious metals had been harvested from the surrounding hills. Many buildings here are authentic, but the restoration has created a sanitized version of the 1880s. You can stroll the wooden sidewalks of Main Street, browse shops filled with Western goods, roam the tunnels of Maggie's Mine ($2), and take an enjoyable ride on the Calico-Odessa Railroad ($4). Calico, 12 miles northeast of Barstow, is a fun and mildly educational place for families to stretch their legs on the drive between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Festivals throughout the year celebrate Calico's Wild West theme.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 36600 Ghost Town Rd., off I–15, Yermo, CA, 92398 | Map It
  • Phone: 760/254–2122
  • Cost: $8
  • Hours: Daily 9–5
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  • Location: Barstow
Updated: 05-05-2014

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