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Calico Ghost Town

A restored silver-mining town from the 1880s, now a tourist attraction with period architecture, museums, and themed shops.

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Calico Ghost Town, nestled in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, is a popular stop for camper van travelers, embarking on a Route 66 road trip. This historic mining town, which dates back to 1881 during the largest silver strike in California, offers a glimpse into the Wild West with its preserved buildings and rich history. When exploring in your camper van rental, you can experience the old West's shops, restaurants, and attractions like a real mine, making for a memorable and educational detour along the legendary highway.

gocamp 2 months ago

Calico Ghost Town is a former mining town located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. Founded in the late 1800s, Calico was once a bustling silver mining town that produced over $20 million in silver ore during its heyday. Today, visitors can explore the town's preserved buildings and artifacts, take a ride on the narrow-gauge railroad, and even try their hand at gold panning, offering a unique glimpse into the Wild West era.

chiefseeker 1 year ago

Calico Ghost Town Guides

  • Route 66 Road Trip in California

    gocamp (GoCamp )
    <p>Ah, the legendary Route 66. Imagine cruising down this historic stretch of American asphalt, a path once traversed by dreamers and adventurers, that winds its way through the heart of California. This camper van road trip isn't just a journey; it's a plunge into a rich tapestry of culture, kitsch, and natural wonders. As you meander from the arid deserts to the coastal splendors, you'll stumble upon quirky roadside attractions, vintage diners frozen in time, and landscapes that have inspired countless artists and filmmakers. Rent a camper van and buckle up for some exciting encounters! Whether you're a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or just in it for the drive, California's stretch of the Mother Road is guaranteed to offer an unforgettable experience with memories for the mileage.</p>
  • Ghost Towns in the Wild West

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    Ghost Town hunting is one of my favorite activities in the west. There are so many abandoned towns with endless stories to tell from times past. Of course, ghost towns aren't just a source of historical curiosity; they can also be the centerpiece of an unforgettable road trip. Many ghost towns are located in close proximity to one another, making it easy to plan a multi-day tour that takes you from one town to the next. Along the way, you can soak up the stunning natural scenery of the West, from the rugged peaks of the Rockies to the sweeping vistas of the Mojave Desert.
  • Ghost Towns in the US

    stillontheroad (Giada Matera)
    As spooky season is approaching, here is a list of ghost towns in America I visited or plan to visit. Boo!