Calico Ghost Town Hosts Civil War Battle Re-enactments Over Presidents’ Day Weekend Feb. 13 - 15, 2010



Yermo, California--Calico Ghost Town in the California desert transforms into a Civil War experience over Presidents’ Day weekend. Civil War re-enactors from across the Southwest Region bring the Civil War to life allowing Calico guests to engage with company commanders, witness daily battles complete with cannons, calvary and passionate war cries.


Calico transforms into encampments for Union and Confederate troops, complete with two battles each day at the Silver Bowl and Artillery Hill. Generals narrate each of the battles for the audience to understand what is going on.

Three hundred re-enactors from the Southwest region of the American Civil War Society recreate the authentic look of the time – from the clothes they wore, how they fought and the layout of the encampments, portraying not simply the bloodshed, but also life's routines during an important era in American history.

Dressed in the signature suit and stovepipe hat, Don Ancell of Oxnard, CA will portray Abraham Lincoln, and deliver the Gettysburg address as the 16th President. Interaction with "Lincoln" and re-enactors, a Civil War period fashion show, music from the era, a ladies’ tea open to the pubic, and souvenir gifts, vendor foods, music, and entertainment make this one of the best educationally-fun opportunities to honor America's notable presidents.

Calico Ghost Town is a historic old mining town, and what better way to bring another side of history to its hills! It is a great way for families to spend quality time in a living history environment celebrating the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. Admission to this event is $10 adults; $5 ages 6-15 and FREE for children 5 and under. Active military with proof of identification will be admitted for $5 adult; $3 ages 6-15. Admission on Monday, February 15th will be $10 per carload.

Calico offers camping accommodations and those may be booked online at The park also offers cabins and bunkhouse accommodations which may be rented by calling 1-800-86-CALICO.

Calico Ghost Town is located half-way between Los Angeles , CA , and Las Vegas, NV, just ten miles north of Barstow on I-15 at the Ghost Town Road exit. For additional information, visit






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