Ancient Campfire Ring
Favorite thing: In one of the major pits at the Early Man Archaeological Site a fire ring was found more than fifteen feet below the earth's surface. The docent explained how they came to discover the ring and how they could tell that it was a fire ring.
It's interesting to read about such a find, but quite intriguing to see it for one's self. If you are at all curious about archaeology, a tour of this active dig will delight you.
They now charge a small "User Fee" and they don't give tours on Monday or Tuesday. Check their website for these details at the time of your planned visit.
Remember, during or even after the tour the docent will normally answer any question you ask.
- Historical Travel
- National/State Park
Calico Ghost Town
Favorite thing: Calico Ghost Town is located three miles north of Yermo, California. It was historically a silver mining town from the late 1840s until the 1900's.
In the early 1890's borax was discovered--ever heard of the The U.S. Borax Co. and it's "Twenty-Mule Team?: They stopped at Calico regularly. The borax mines were active until 1910 when a larger deposit of borax was found closer to Los Angeles.
Walter Knott bought the town of Calico in 1951. Not only did he restore it, he also modeled his amusement park, "Knotts Berry Farm," in Buena Vista, California after it.
Later, Mr. Knotts donated Calico to the County of San Bernardino (1967) and now it is a County Regional Park maintained to preserve a part of the history of the area.
Fondest memory: Yermo is so far off the beaten path that it's a wonder anyone has ever found it. Yet there are a surprising number of interesting things to see and do here.
Not only is it surround by the Mojave Dessert and the Calico Mountains, it offers a small ghost town, an early man site and interesting archeological dig to explore.
Once I made the point of stopping here the first time, I've continued to return and share it with others.
- National/State Park
Favorite thing: We felt like map makers when we discovered Mule Canyon Road. An unmarked, unpaved path leading through the Calico Mountanins.
(Okay, they seemed more like hills, but to ten and eleven year old boys, they looked like majestic mountains.)
Later we learned that this was part of the old "Twenty-Mule Team route," if any of you are old enough to remember them?
Fondest memory: Our fondest memory has to be the sense of excitment of exploring the uncharted areas, finding historic and abandoned mines and deciding whether or not the ugly lizard could join us in the car.
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