How to visit Calico Ghost Town, the ghost town in California
Located in the Mojave Desert, Calico ghost town is a small ghost town that bears witness to significant mining activity in the region at the end of the 19th century.
After being abandoned, the city was restored and became a major attraction in California, a must for lovers of the Old West.
Calico depicts the typical ghost town of the imaginary American West, represented in the classic spaghetti western films by Bud Spencer, Terence Hill and Sergio Leone. The city has a unique street, uphill, with shops, restaurants and buildings typical of that era.
It's not very big, but it's very photogenic. In every corner you can take a beautiful photo. In addition, there are various attractions (for a fee) that make the visit even more impressive. We are slightly away from Bodie's charm and authenticity, but if you make the journey from Las Vegas a Los Angeles and vice versa, it's definitely worth a stop.
History of Calico Ghost Town
Calico is an old mining town founded in 1881. In a few years 500 mines arose around the city which in 12 years produced over 20 million dollars in silver. When silver lost much of its value at the end of the nineteenth century, the miners who were the only inhabitants of the city packed their bags and left. Since then the city has remained uninhabited, becoming one of the most fascinating ghost towns in the United States.
In the 50s Walter Knott, a well-known entrepreneur in the area, bought Calico and restored all the buildings in the city to make it identical to how it was in the years of the "rush" for silver.
Be aware that there are only a few "real" buildings (Lil's Saloon, Town Office, Lucy Lane house, Smitty's Gallery, General Store and Joe's Saloon), the others have all been rebuilt on the foundations of the ruined buildings.
Calico was declared Historical landmark in the 60s. In 2005 it was declared by the then governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Phantom City of the Silver Fever (the ghost town of silver fever).
What to see in Calico Ghost Town
Today the city has been transformed into a park and, although almost entirely restored, it still retains that genuine Old West air, certainly worth a visit. It's also a great way to see how the miners of the silver rush lived.