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Mar 30, 2019 - 20 Mule Team Borax

Borax is a compound made from the naturally occurring mineral Boron which has been used for a variety of purposes by humans across the globe. After being traded along the Silk Road for 500 years, Borax was discovered in Death Valley during the 1880s, and Borax magnate F.M. “Borax” Smith was quick to capitalize on the opportunity. Soon he had the iconic 20 Mule Wagon Teams hauling tons of Borax out of the desert to be used in thousands of products. Before long, Borax began showing up on shelves across the United States and the “Borax Boom”...

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Mar 28, 2019 - Peggy Sues 50's Diner

Peggy Sue's is an original roadside Diner, built in 1954 with 9 counter stools and 3 booths. It sets in on the shadow of the Calico Mountains and was built from railroad ties and mortar from the nearby Union Pacific Rail yard. The yard as you can see in the pictures, is still being used to load/off load military equipment. From Their web site: To compliment the cozy atmosphere of the Diner, we wanted good homemade food and great 50’s music. We used my grandmothers family recipes, made the old fashioned way. Thanks to the support of our...

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Oct 17, 2014 - Calico, CA

We went to Calico for the annual Halloween 4x4 HIM jeep run. We stayed at the Calico campground on the full hook up section. Got lost trying to find our spot. Need to around section A and then to the left, NOT right. We were in space B9, full hookups with good Dish. Cell signal was week, but could make calls and text. B8 is a good spot and is extra wide. A23 is probably the best spot. We had a good time jeeping the Doran Loop. James and Keith did the gatekeeper. We hung out with the group at their spot up Mule Canyon. On Monday, we went to...

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May 11, 2014 - Calico Ghost Town

Hello Everyone, While driving from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park, we took a few days to stop in the middle to visit Calico Ghost Town! Back in 1881, for 15 years, this was a bustling Silver Mine with millions of dollars of silver ore mined in over 30 miles of tunnels throughout the surrounding hills. A few of the original town buildings have survived, surrounded by others to make the town a very nice tourist attraction. They have many nice shops, a Rail Road ride, and an old silver mine tunnel that you can walk thru. I...

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Nov 21, 2013 - Calico Ghost Town

Upon leaving Sacramento, we headed south on I-5 and then east on I-15 toward Las Vegas. We spent the night at the campground at Calico Ghost town, where we walked up to the hillside town, filled with open shops selling all kinds of souvenir wares, rustic original buildings and a section of mine to walk through. It was cold. The next morning we actually encounter snow on I-15 as we crossed the "mountains" from the CA desert side to the NV desert side.

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Feb 3, 2010 - Feedback from Pam at the CA Date Commission

Gail This is just ADORABLE! I laughed out loud about the kid's question: is that why they call them 'dates?' I will forward this on to the date committee office and hopefully they'll post the photos and update on their website. Will let you know! Thank you again for contacting us and for such an imaginative way of sharing the world and your travels with your grandchildren. How lucky they are to have you! Best wishes and stay in touch! Pam Just wanted you to know just how much the places we go appreciate hearing back from you kids.

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Feb 2, 2010 - Update from Woodmoor

I have some pictures of the kids learning about dates, but not about the Legos. It is hard for me because I am the one speaking and the teacher is usually working on something else so I don’t have a great opportunity to take pictures. I had a parent helper take these, but there isn’t always one available. The dates AND the Legos were both hits! In the 3rd grade class I bought the stuff and made date milkshakes for them to try. They LOVED them (so did I). I also got another kind of date so they could sample the Madjool alongside the other...

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Feb 2, 2010 - A nice note from kids in the 1st and 3rd grades

Like Nicole, I have kids in both Woodmoor PACE 1st and 3rd grade. Francis is with Christian in Mrs. Loy's class and Beatrice in Katie Pence. Thank you for sharing your adventures with the kids. I always look forward to Mondays to see what they have learned from your trip. I think it is wonderful that you take time to share your discoveries week after week with them and Nicole does a good job of relaying the information :) My husband and I especially enjoyed the brochure on the Reagan library. We hope to visit it some day. Thank you also...

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Jan 27, 2010 - Historic Ghost Town (1st & 3rd grades)

Do you know what a "ghost town is?" On a recent visit to Calico Ghost Town in the California desert, we strolled past the original buildings that were built when Calico was a booming mining town. The population went from 40 in 1881 to 1200 in 1887 and in 2001 down to 8! The boomtown burned to the ground at one point and there are only 5 of the original buildings left standing. But the towns people quickly rebuilt because the miners needed the services they provided. Can you guess why the town was named "Calico?" (think of why some kittens...

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Sep 9, 2009 - Calico Ghost Town Visit

We had a great time today visiting the Calico Ghost Town. More than a century ago, the town of Calico was bustling with prospectors. Founded in March 1881, it grew to a population of 1,200 with 22 saloons and more than 500 mines. Silver was king, and the Calico Mining District became one of the richest in California, producing $86 million in silver, $45 million in borax and, of course, gold. After 1907, when silver prices dropped and borax mining moved to Death Valley, Calico became a ghost town. Today, Calico is one of the few remaining...

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Jun 20, 2008 - 6/20 - 6/21 Calico & Col Allensworth SP

6-20 This is Bill; before I start today I still want to talk about yesterday. As you can tell by Dot’s words it was our best day yet! We saw the most wildlife so far. Great hikes and spectacular views. I could not have a better hiking partner. We are on our way to Yosemite. It was hot (107) going through the Mojave Desert but we got to Calico (ghost town) California at 4:30 PM. We will do about 2 hours in the morning. Caped this evening off with Ball Park Franks over the fire. Boy did they taste great1 While Bill was reading what he wrote...

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