Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Calico 'ghost town', California

It's taken me a few weeks to get around to this post, but Calico concludes our recent canyon country road trip. After visiting Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon, all that was between us and home was a two day drive. We had picked a half way point after leaving Arizona to spend the night back in Barstow, California - a town off the side of the highway that felt similar to the small rural town I grew up in in Australia.

Neighbouring Barstow is a little 'ghost town' called Calico. Calico was once a big silver mining town but like a lot of others, it was eventually deserted. It's now been opened as a tourist attraction so we figured we'd go and take a look.

Some of the buildings are original, some have been rebuilt. There were shops, horse rides, the mine, a church and a train ride. We arrived late in the afternoon and it was actually the perfect time of day to visit this town - the sunlight hitting the buildings & desert landscape was really quite pretty.

We all enjoyed exploring this little place & learning more about California's mining history, but I think Mr Oliver had the most fun. He danced his way down the streets, waved to all the other tourists, chatted to the local horses, and happily said cheese for his Dadda!

It felt like we crammed a lot into a week - we covered a lot of ground and saw some gorgeous national parks that I could've spent a lot more time at. But, it was a great taste of canyon country... I just wish holidays didn't have to come to an end!


  1. I'm fascinated with ghost towns. I want to go on a road trip through the states hunting for ghost towns. Your pictures look great!

    Summer x

  2. I love that area of California. Driving out to Vegas on the 15 you also see a lot of abandoned towns--diners, hotels, water parks--it's like a sneak peek into a forgotten past.

  3. Fun! That looked like a great choice for somewhere to spend the night. I've never been to a 'real' ghost town before!

  4. I would love to do your canyon country tour. Awesome pictures. And looks like it is fun for kids too. Always a plus!! He's too cute, you know.

  5. so cute! and geez that is seriously a ghost town. kinda creepy

  6. So cool! As a historian I've been tru a few ghost towns but this one looks the coolest!

  7. This trip looks awesome! I will definitely have to add this to my bucket list. Stopping by from Aloha Friday and I am now your newest follower. I look forward to a long blog relationship with you and can't wait to see what you come up with next!


  8. I envy all of the traveling y'all do! I would love to visit this little town. I always think to myself as we are on trips and I see an abandoned house, that I wonder what the family was like that lived there. I want to know their story, what they were like. Maybe it's silly, but I just love stuff like that. :)


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