We were crossing the Mojave Desert in California on our way back from Las Vegas, Nevada when we saw a sign with the words “Calico Ghost Town”. It aroused our curiosity and we couldn’t ignore it, we turned right and we drove towards the mountains where we could see on top the word Calico engraved in the mountains. We parked the car and I was now entering a real ghost town. This was the first time that I felt I was in one of those cowboy movies, I felt Wild Wild Basch was now discovering the wild wild west.
Calico was named after the mountains which surround the town, and it is located north of Yermo and 10 miles away from Barstow, the closest city. It was founded in the year of 1881 and it used to be a mining town, where silver was the main material. There were people from all around the world paying visits to Calico and there were many foreigners living there… it was the silver rush and this little town in the middle of the desert became the top producer in the state of California. In the beginning of the 20th century Calico’s population abandoned the town and it became the “Ghost Town” as we know it nowadays.
We were not the only ones visiting this place at this time and the most surprising part for me was to notice this old locomotive properly working and circling the town.
In Calico you can find several stores, the town hall, a restaurant, an old fire hall, an old post office and even a photo studio. There are also tours happening and you can verify more information on Calico Ghost Tours
The sun was now setting and we were too tired from the weekend in Vegas. I bought some candies in the Candy and Tobacco store and we headed back home.