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Yermo in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lucy Bell Lane

 
 
Lucy Bell Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 16, 2006
1. Lucy Bell Lane Marker
Inscription. Calico’s most distinguished and long time resident was Lucy Bell Lane (1874-1967). Known at one time as the “Queen of Calico”, Lucy lived at Calico for nearly 67 years. Of her many gifts, she is most remembered for her warm hospitality and vivid storytelling of the historic Calico silver mining camp. Lucy was indeed part of the history of Calico and was an accomplished prospector. Lucy Bell King arrived at Calico with her parents, her two brothers and sister in 1884, three years after the initial discovery of silver. In 1892 at the age of 18, she married John Lane. They bought a grocery store which briefly prospered but then quickly declined as a result of a slumping silver market. The Lanes’ left Calico in 1899 and returned for good in 1916, making the Lane’s store building their home. In 1920, the Lanes’ moved into the old courthouse & post office building, which would be Lucy’s home until 1965. John Lane died in 1934 & Lucy died in 1967 at the age of 93.
 
Erected 1989 by The Calico Concessionaires Association, D.V.T., The County of San Bernadino Regional Parks Department and Regional Parks Foundation, and the Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitas (May 7, 1989). (Marker Number 56.)
 
Marker series.
Lucy Bell Lane Museum image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 16, 2006
2. Lucy Bell Lane Museum
Marker is in front of the building in this photo
This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 34° 56.979′ N, 116° 51.9′ W. Marker is in Yermo, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Ghost Town Road 4 miles north of Interstate 15. Click for map. Marker is located to the right of the Lucy Bell Lane Museum on the main street of Calico. Marker is in this post office area: Yermo CA 92398, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Calico (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Calico Lives Again (about 500 feet away); Calico’s School House (about 600 feet away); Daggett (approx. 5.9 miles away); Daggett Garage (approx. 6.1 miles away); Forks of the Road (approx. 9.1 miles away); National Old Trails Hwy/Route 66 (approx. 9.6 miles away); Barstow Harvey House (approx. 9.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yermo.
 
More about this marker. Through Lucy's recollections and photographs, Walter Knott of Knott's Berry Farm, was able to piece together and rebuild the old silver town during the early 1950's. At one time, Doresy, a black and white colie dog, carried the U.S. Mail in sacks slung over his back, from Bismarck to the Post Office at Calico. The mail was never detained and no holdups ever took place while Dorsey worked
Lucy Bell Lane Museum image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 16, 2006
3. Lucy Bell Lane Museum
the route.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Regarding Lucy Bell Lane. Calico is part of the Calico Regional Park.
 
Also see . . .  Lucy Belle King Lane (1875 - 1967) - Find A Grave Memorial. (Submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
 
Categories. Notable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Plaque on Building Behind Hitching Post image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 16, 2006
4. Plaque on Building Behind Hitching Post
Commemorative Pin image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 7, 1989
5. Commemorative Pin
Lucy Bell Lane - May 1989
The Queen of Calico
ECV - 1069
E Clampus Vitus - Billy Holcomb Chapter
 
 
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