I have no favourite things about Calico. The whole thing is an awful sham with little or no Historical information whatsoever. There were 5 buildings remaining when it was decided to "reopen" Calico , all have been extensively renovated and disneyfied. Around 90% of the buildings are complete shams - and are little more than retail outlets.
Bodie , near Mono Lake is a ghost town which is kept in an arrested state of decay. I was there last week and would thoroughly recommend it as its genuine and very informative.
Calico ? You are basically paying 6 dollars to get access to some shops. Forget it. Maybe because I-m from europe but we dont treat our history as a pure commercial venture.
Fondest memory: Getting back on the highway.
Piles and piles of tossed-away rock & dirt are piled around the outskirts of town.
Yet when you think about what a good-sized Liebherr mining truck could carry away from the site -- http://www.lhb.liebherr.de/content/std_fs1.asp?sprache=us&nav_id=96&n1_id=1&n2_id=29&n3_id=96 -- you wonder why these guys didn't chip in & rent one... :>
(*Maybe it was 'cause the trucks didn't exist until a century later...)
Born in March 1881, Calico was a boomtown in just a few years, boasting its own Chinatown and red light district.
When, in 1907, the price of silver dropped drstically, the boom became bust, and Calico frizzled away into the ghost town of today.
When Mr. Walter Knott (founder of Knott's Berry Farm) donated the town in November 1966 to the County of San Bernardino, Calico became a County Regional Park, and receiving its Landmark status in 1973.
Favorite thing: This plaque is the sole on-site reference to what the place is about - sure, you can pick up the brochures at the gift shop, but this looks neat! :>