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Calico, San Bernardino County, California
Contributed by Steve Johnson [email@example.com].
Total records = 12.
In 1881, three men, Charlie Meacham, Johnny McBride, and Larry Silvia
discovered silver in the Calico Mountains. Miners from all around came
to work the mines. The town of Calico sprang up, and at one time reached
a population of 3,500, not including an additional 1,500 in the greater
Calico Mining District. All the silver from Calico was sent to San Francisco
to make coins. By 1900, the price of silver dropped half of its value,
and most of the silver had been mined out. Miners left to find other
fortunes and the town died.
Walter Knott, famous for inventing the Boysenberry and creating the
world's first theme park, Knott's Berry Farm, had purchased the ghost
town of Calico, and restored the buildings. He then used it to create
a duplicate ghost town exhibit at Knott's Berry Farm. Dennis Casebier
of the Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association believes that
Knott took some of the artifacts from Calico and used them as ornaments
at Knott's Berry Farm, including taking some of the tombstones. There
is a cemetery exhibit at Knott's, but it's not known for sure if those
tombstones were originally from Calico. In 1966, Knott donated Calico
to the county.
The cemetery has 137 visible graves. Some graves have wooden markers
with some noticeable inscriptions, but not legible enough to read. Other
graves are noted only by mounds of rocks. There are some recent graves
here. Only 12 graves in all have readable markers.
The cemetery can be visited by taking Interstate 15 to Ghost Town Road,
which lies about 5 miles north of Barstow. Take the road to the Calico
Ghost Town park entrance. There is an entrance fee of $6.00 per person.
The cemetery lies to the left of the entrance.
Brown, Carl Alton, b. 18 Oct 1918, d. 23 Jan 1994, "M Sgt US
Marine Corps World War II Korea"
Bruce, James L., b. Jun 1913, d. Oct 1986, "Western Artist"
Coke, Lucille B., b. 1895, d. 1981, "Loved Mother, Loyal Friend"
Goldsmith, Nancy Jean, b. 12 Feb 1925, d. 25 Apr 1991, "Beloved
Wife of Sheriff Lonesome George"
Greer, Jennie C., b. 1863, d. 1945
Greer, Robert H., b. 1856, d. 1941
Harris, Tumbleweed, b. 29 Dec 1906, d. 8 Oct 1979, "Marshal of
Calico 7 Years"
Hughes, Don B., b. 12 Jul 1911, d. 2 May 1983, "Uncle Don"
Kelso, Earl C., b. 27 Jul 1923, d. 5 Apr 1999, "Town Greeter
- Doc Holliday"
Montana, Billy, b. 15 Jun 1926, d. 3 May 1978, "Sgt US Army World
Olivier, Margaret Kincaid, b. 1849, d. 1933, "Calico School Teacher
1898 & 1899"
Wallace, Helen, b. 26 Jul 1921, d. 7 Sep 1982, "Death Valley
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