Roughly two hours by car away from Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm lies Calico Ghost Town, up in the hills near Yermo, CA. It is now a regional park, after being donated to the county in 1966 by Walter Knott, who refurbished it during the fifties and sixties. A very interesting and fun sidetrip, and any fan of Knott's Berry Farm will recognize and be nostalgiac over certain aspects of the place, some of which are now lost from Knott's itself. Let's have a look, shall we?
Sweet potato pone and pig's feet? Awesome.
A wall of photos of some the very dedicated former employees....
Walter Knott's dedication carving.
Knott is honored by having a bust still in town with a small plaque.
There are a few peek-in/window scenes, reminiscent of Knott's...more to come.
There's even just a touch of Haunt
Pole Cat Pete was indeed inhabiting his jail cell. It looked to be trying to match the effect of Sad-Eyed Joe, but Pete wasn't talkative while we were there...
The saloon, with it's very oddly executed paintings of famous gunslingers and outlaws.
And the required plastic cowboys and native americans...though why they are psychadelic rainbow colors, I am not sure.
Not pictured, but there is also a operating Mystery Shack attraction, with guided tours, like the old days at Knott's.
Looks to me like this cowpoke had his cement hand broken to remove his gun. Ah, good old historical revisionism.
Calico also has a walking mine tour, for those interested in walking through poorly lit caves and having creepy, dusty mannequins leer at you. Count me in!
The first section of cave had something familiar to fans of the old Mineral Hall at Disneyand, a case full of rocks and a display where the lights went down and small blacklights came on to make them glow.
As a Haunt veteran and fan, the mine tour was the most interesting heh from the standpoint of being full of opportunities for potential scares...as well as hosting several scenes reminiscent of the Mine Train attraction at Knott's.
Time for lunch!
After a very tasty pulled pork sandwich, it was time to saddle up and make the drive out to the land of Disney, to make it in time for Bat's Day the next morning....
Definitely a landmark worth visiting for old-west afficinados, as well as those who enjoy slightly weird tourist traps, and a must-see for any fans of the old Knott's Berry Farm and Ghost Town. Hope you enjoyed!