Calico Ghost Town was a silver mining town back in the 1800s. It is located in San Bernardino County somewhere along the Mojave Desert.
I have always loved visiting old historical places. There’s just something about the history of a place that I want to physical feel. The textures of structures back then and the stories behind it. Thank heavens my husband also adore the same things. So when we were coming back to Las Vegas from LA, we decided to stop by Calico.
The town is very quaint. Basically just a strip filled with old buildings, even some of the original ones are still in tact.
The main attractions are:
Lucy Lane Museum
The museum is the former home of Lucy Lane. It’s one of the structures that still stands since their operational days. It’s free entrance and you can see all the rooms with all the old furniture inside. There’s also a brief history about Lucy Lane when you enter the house.
The Maggie Mine is the silver mine that operated in the 1800s. It is currently the only mine for guests to experience. It starts with a blacklight display that shows minerals that they used to mine. Then you continues down the mine to learn about the history of the miners worked.
The prices are $3.00 for 11 and over, $2.00 for 5 to 10 years old, and FREE for 4 and under.
Calico Odessa Railroad
This was installed in 1958 and has been operational on a daily basis since then. They are open 9-5 daily with the tour lasting 8 minutes every time. It goes around the hill to see some historical sites, mining equipment, and learn about historical points.
The price is $4.00 for 11 and over, $2.00 for 5 to 10 years old, and FREE for 4 and under.
Mystery Shack Tour
This is a guided tour which is basically like a confusing ride full of mysteries. I won’t ruin the surprise by telling you guys about it.
The price for this is same as the Maggie Mine.
This attraction helps you learn how the miners pan for gold in a stream. You get to do it by yourself and you can even take home your finds!
The price is the same as the Maggie Mine.
Of course, a ghost town won’t be complete without a ghost tour. They have three experiences you can choose from. The first is a walk through Main Street, where you get to hear stories of sightings and hauntings. The second is actually the Maggie Mine tour. You’ll experience the actual darkness just like when they did mining in the olden days. Finally, the latest addition is the School House Tour. You get to listen to the stories about all of the children and you get to go inside the school house at night.
They do the Ghost Tours every Saturday night for 60-75 minutes. Tickets are sold at the Maggie Mine from Monday to Thursday, or at The Other Side from Friday to Sunday. Tickets should also be bought before the tours. Current tour times are at 6:30pm and 8:00pm.
It was definitely a fun and unique experience. For more information, you can go to their website at https://www.calicoattractions.com/