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The Ghosts of Haunted Calico Ghost Town
Ghost Town Calico
Looking for a ghost town in California? How about Calico, which is near Barstow in Yerma? Many spirits are said to inhabit this once bustling mining town including men, women, children and even a dog.
Built in the 1880s, this location has many different spirits in numerous spots throughout the area. Come take a tour with me of some of the many buildings that makes this site so haunted.
Calico Ghost Town image of the entrance by WriterJanis.
Calico Barstow - Calico Print Shop
Although most people associate the location of Calico Ghost Town as being in Barstow, CA, it's actually a short drive from Barstow to the town of Yermo, CA. where the town is located.
The Calico Print Shop is a known haunted location in there. A ghost by the name of John is said to reside there. This is just the first of many haunted locations in Calico Ghost Town.
Print shop image by WriterJanis.
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This is the inside of the Calico Print Store. It's in the back right corner that John the ghost is supposed to hang out.This is a picture of that corner of the store.
Some people claim to feel his presence. Other times, children seem to encounter him. If you've ever seen him, I would love to hear about your experience.Calico
Print Store image by WriterJanis.
You need to cross a bridge to get to the Calico Schoolhouse. There are several ghosts that are rumored to be here. In talking to one of the locals on my recent trip here, I was told that the spirit of a little girl is often experienced here.
What I find to be so fascinating is that this isn't the original schoolhouse structure. This is a recreation that was built at 1/3 of the size of the original.
Calico schoolhouse image by WriterJanis
Have you ever visited Calico Ghost Town?
Calico Mystery Shack
This is the waiting area for guests who are visiting the Mystery Shack in Calico which is an attraction that seems to defy gravity. Due to the heat, thankfully, it is in the shade.
An elderly male ghost is said to inhabit the waiting area. He's not real active, but many people can sense his presence.
Mystery Shack image by WriterJanis.
Lane's General Store
This is one of Calico Ghost Town's original buildings from back in the 1880s. Like many other locations in Calico, this building is said to be haunted. There are reports of objects moving by themselves.
Lane's General Store image by WriterJanis.
The Ballad of Calico
This album by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition was inspired by Calico Ghost Town. The selection I have for you here is "Dorsey, the Mail Carrying Dog." This is a fun nostalgic tune about a real dog that used to carry mail back and forth between Calico and Bismarck. It is said his ghost remains in Calico.
Read about the real Dorsey who worked as a mail carrier back in the 1880s. He went from a stray dog to one of the most cherished residents of Calico.
Hank's Hotel Calico
Another haunted location in Calico? You bet! This hotel is rumored to have both a female and male entity in residence. It's not uncommon to hear strange sounds in this building coming from other worldly sources.
Hank's Hotel image by WriterJanis.
Calico Ghost Town Picture
If you visit Calico today, you'll only see a portion of what the town used to be and much of that is the main street in town. Pictured here is the location of what used to be a residential area which was away from the town bars and other unsuitable locations for families.
Wonder why Calico is so haunted? Perhaps from all the deaths that occurred during it's mining town days. Being an old west town, one might assume that many deaths occurred due to drunken shootouts.
This couldn't be any further from the truth. This was a working mining town where miners worked in three shifts.Disease was a big cause of death with Typhoid and Cholera being two of the biggest causes. The desert heat was also responsible for claiming some lives.
Image by WriterJanis.
Bill Cook's Ghostly Guide to Calico Ghost Town
If you're interested in learning more about the ghosts of Calico Ghost Town, this book is your guide. For years, Bill held weekend ghosts walks throughout the town and has many interesting tales to tell, along with pictures of each haunted location. To my knowledge, it's the only book that details haunted Calico. It's especially nice to have if you're visiting there. I know it really came in handy on my visit.
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What do you think of ghosts?
Even the Calico Cemetery is haunted. Should you visit there, listen quietly. You may hear some sobbing sounds.So is this it for haunted locations in Calico? Not at all.
Many other haunted places are waiting for you including the R&D Fossil Shop, Lil's Saloon, and the Calico Candle Shop, to name but a few.
Cemetery image by WriterJanis.
Calico Cemetery Picture
Here's a look inside the cemetery.
Cemetery photo by WriterJanis.
It was Walter Knott of Knott's Berry Farm fame who was originally responsible for making Calico Ghost Town what it is today.After the town was abandoned and left for a ghost town, Knott purchased it, restored it and then donated it to the county of San Bernadino, CA.
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