Calico School House

Calico School House

Our stay at the Barstow/Calico KOA provided us an opportunity to visit the Calico Ghost Town. This old West mining adventure, a San Bernardino County Regional Park, charges an $8 admission fee. Of the 31 structures, five are original. Starting in 1881, this boom town was bustling with prospectors looking to become rich. Some did. Calico produced $86 million in silver and $45 million in borax. In all, the area supported more than 500 mines. In 1887 with a population of 1,200, there were 22 saloons. The Calico School House, a 1955 replica of the original 1885 structure, looked more like a church to me. The school district served the population from 1882-1899. One of those who attended and lived most of her life in Calico was Lucy Bell Lane (1874-1967). We toured her home and most of the other structures. Most buildings are now commercial selling everything from candles and soaps to leather goods and fossils.The founder of Knott’s Berry Farm, Walter Knott, donated Calico to San Bernadino County. We took a break with beer and sweet potato fries at the Calico House Restaurant.

Before leaving Calico the next morning, we stopped for breakfast at Peggy Sue’s Diner. What a step back in time. The walls are covered with autographed photos from movie and music stars. The music makes one nostalgic, and the food is classic, too. Don’t miss the diner-saur park in the rear.

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