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Calico lives again
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Valley Times Photo Collection
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Calico was founded in 1881 as a silver mining town and at its height, had over 500 mines and a population of over 3,500 people. In 1890, with the passing of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, the price of silver dropped from well over a dollar to half. As a result, Calico was abandoned by the miners and became a ghost town. Walter Knott purchased the town in 1951 and began rebuilding Calico to its original state. Later, in 1966, Knott donated the town to San Bernardino County and is now known as Calico Ghost Town Regional Park. The town of Calico is also listed as California Historical Landmark #782.
Photograph dated May 10, 1962 shows a monument given by Walter Knott in dedication to the miners of Calico. The inscription partially reads, "Walter Knott is dedicating Calico Ghost Town to the memory of the heroic silver miners who lived and toiled here. The preservation of this singular California heritage is also dedicated to you, the visitor, as a constant source of learning and enjoyment."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Ghost towns--California--Calico
California Historical Landmarks
Mountains--California, Southern
Calico Ghost Town Regional Park (San Bernardino County, Calif.)
Calico (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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