Calico is an old West mining town that was established 1881 but which was abandoned in the mid-1890s after silver lost its value, like many other similar towns that once gave miners a good living, it lost its hustle and 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.
Calico is now part of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks system and is visited by people from all over the world. Along with its history and attractions, Calico Ghost Town offers shops, restaurants, camping, and hiking.