Calico and Calico Ghost Town are located
approximately 10 miles north of Barstow near Interstate Highway 15
between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Old West town was re-created from
a mix of original buildings over 100 years old and structures created
in the style of original properties.
California Trains &
Calico Ghost Town provides a haunting
glimpse into the stark, lifestyle of the Old West. At Calico, The
Lane House & Museum was opened to the public in May of 2001, by the
Chief of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks Division, and the
County's First District Supervisor. It was created to provide a facility
for Park visitors to learn more about Calico and the former Calico
Mining District, as well as the natural history of this 480-acre Mojave
desert county Regional Park. To contribute to the preservation of the
heritage of San Bernardino County, California.
The Museum is centrally located on Main Street, at one of four
late-1880s adobe buildings that have endured over the years. The
construction method was "rammed earth," and all four adobes are believed
to have been built not too long after the big fire of 1887.
The building has undergone many changes over the years, but visitors can
still see such features as transom windows, c. 1930s electrical wiring,
and furnishings that belonged to the Lane family that lived here from
the 1920s to the 1960s.
Open daily, there is no charge with general park admission.
Telephone: (760) 254-3679. Address: Lane House & Museum, Calico Ghost
Town Regional Park P.O. Box 638, Yermo, CA 92398
A narrow gauge railroad operates within
town limits and a hardrock silver mine offers up underground
exploration. The train provides a slow-moving ride that allows guests to
enjoy the landscape, buildings and take photos while riding through the
stark desert landscape..
Several restaurants, mercantile stores, a school house, blacksmith shop,
and gold panning operation are all open for meandering, taking photos
and shopping. The bath house & barber shop displays open daily, and
old-fashioned remedies can be viewed at the drug store. Calico's
to the memory of Walter Knott, founder of Knotts Berry Farm in Buena
Park, the California pioneer worked at the Calico Mine in his youth.
In later years the entrepreneur created a legacy through efforts to
maintain historical information and relics of the California Gold Rush.