Calico Ghost Town, Yermo

2.6
#3 of 11 in Historic Sites in California Desert
Get a taste of life on the frontier and camp under the stars at Calico Ghost Town. The town was once a bustling silver mining community with more than 1,000 residents, 500 mines, a school, and a post office. When silver prices dropped near the end of the 19th century, the miners started leaving, and soon the town was completely abandoned. Today, you can tour the buildings--fully restored to match their 1880s' heyday--go on a horseback ride, hear the stories of the town's past, or grab a spot at a nearby camping site. You'll be in the desert heat, so be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Put Calico Ghost Town into our Yermo trip itinerary maker website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Let's be clear, this is a small town of mine abandoned, completely recreated for tourists. It was said, the experience is friendly and exotic.
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  • This was an enjoyable venture. We arrived mid morning on a Saturday and it wasn’t overly crowded. A group of volunteers performed a couple of Main Street “gun fights”. While not the best acting we’ve ...  more »
  • founded in March of 1881. It grew rapidly thanks to deposits of gold, silver, borax and reaching up to 1200 inhabitants, 500 mines and 22 saloons, but equally swift was also the decline, which turned it into a ghost town since 1907, when they were discovered by Borax in nearby Death Valley. Here you can feel really far west air, with saloon, the Sheriff's House, the prison, the station, the houses left as they used to be.
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