Calico Ghost Town Civil War Reenactment

  • February 17, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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1) I will be arranging for a carpool meeting at the Macy's in Sherman Oaks. We will meet at 8 AM SHARP.

2) If you carpool, please give your designated driver $25 to compensate for gas and car maintenance reimbursement.

3) We will have breakfast/brunch at Peggy Sue's 50's Diner in Yerma before going to Calico. The diner is about 2 to 3 miles away from Calico. The address is: 35654 W Yermo Rd, Yermo, CA 92398

4) Calico Admission Cost: $10 adult; $5 youth 6-15; and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. Location: Off I-15 at the Ghost Town Road exit, 10 miles north of Barstow. calicotown.com

5) For a list of the scheduled events check out: http://acws.net/Events/CalicoDetails13.pdf

6) We will stay at Calico until 1 PM or so, before making our way back to LA, but don't be surprised if we visit other points of interest on our way back to LA. If we drive all the way to Calico, we might as well check out what other places of interest that part of SoCal has to offer.

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Take a look at photos of last year's civil war reenactment: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CalicoGhostTown/PhotoAlbum/tabid/118/Default.aspx?path=Civil+War+Re-enactment

I love Civil War Reentactments and I love ghost towns. So when you combine both together, you get something very hard to recreate - its almost like stepping into a movie in that time period.

Yermo, CA—The Civil War is being played out in the hills of Calico Ghost Town known for its colorful hills and unique geologic formations that provide a spectacular setting for the re-creation of an historic event. 200 armies, hundreds of soldiers, mock battles, and realistic-looking encampments commemorate the 150th anniversary of American Civil War. The Calico Ghost Town attraction that's open year-round invites the public for a special weekend of living history.

The American Civil War Society, a re-enacting association, presents dramatic mock battles complete with canon fire twice daily on Saturday & Sunday (February 19 & 20, 2011) at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each day, an Abe Lincoln re-enactor will deliver The Gettysburg Address. It is living history for the entire family to enjoy with entertainment such as fashion shows, musical entertainment (brass bands, guitars, banjos and flutes ,) and townspeople displaying their crafts and trades.

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Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, Calico lost its population. The miner's packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a "ghost town."

Walter Knott purchased Calico in the 1950's architecturally restoring all but the five original buildings to look as they did in the 1880's. Calico received State Historical Landmark 782 and in 2005 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California's Silver Rush Ghost Town.


Today Calico is part of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks system visited by people from around the country and all over the world. The park offers visitors an opportunity to share in its rich history and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding desert environment. Along with its history and attractions, Calico Ghost Town has shops,restaurants and offers camping and outdoor recreation not available at most of our other park facilities.

Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, Calico lost its population. The miner's packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a "ghost town."

Walter Knott purchased Calico in the 1950's architecturally restoring all but the five original buildings to look as they did in the 1880's. Calico received State Historical Landmark 782 and in 2005 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California's Silver Rush Ghost Town.


Today Calico is part of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks system visited by people from around the country and all over the world. The park offers visitors an opportunity to share in its rich history and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding desert environment. Along with its history and attractions, Calico Ghost Town has shops,restaurants and offers camping and outdoor recreation not available at most of our other park facilities.

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