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

Calico Mountain Mines

Mining the Mojave

 
 
Calico Mountain Mines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2011
1. Calico Mountain Mines Marker
Inscription. April 6, 1881, S.C. Warden, Hues Thomas and John C. King located claims on Calico Mountain and named it the Silver King Mine. Below there, the town of Calico grew from 100 people in the spring of 1882 to over 1,200 at the peak of the rush.

There were no less than 46 mines near Calico, like the Waterloo, Bismarck, Oriental, Garfield and Burning Moscow.

The falling price of silver shut down the mines by 1896. They had produced between $13,000,000 and $20,000,000 worth of silver.

Calico burned to the ground in the fall of 1883 and was rebuilt, but was vacated in the 1930’s. It remained derelict until 1950 when Walter Knott converted the ghost town into a tourist attraction.

The Postmaster, Jim Stacy, found a dog in 1883 that he named Dorsey. He became famous in a book, song and movie when he learned to carry the mail from Calico to Bismarck in bags on his back.
 
Erected 2011 by Barstow's Main Street Mural Project.
 
Location. 34° 53.938′ N, 117° 1.48′ W. Marker is in Barstow, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on East Main Street (Business Interstate 15), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 East Main Street, Barstow CA 92311, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Calico Mountain Mines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2011
2. Calico Mountain Mines Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christiansen Memorial Plaza (here, next to this marker); Father Garces (within shouting distance of this marker); Jedediah Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); John Charles Fremont (within shouting distance of this marker); Mojave Runners (within shouting distance of this marker); Kit Carson (within shouting distance of this marker); General Steven Watts Kearny (within shouting distance of this marker); Amiel Weeks Whipple (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barstow.
 
More about this marker. Barstow’s Main Street murals are intended to illustrate Barstow’s past and enhance its future. The murals line historic Route 66, the Mother Road. The murals depict aspects of the history of Barstow and the surrounding area. New murals are added annually.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Calico - The Restored Mining Town
 
Also see . . .
1. Calico Ghost Town. (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Main Street Murals. (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Calico Mountain Mines Mural image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2011
3. The Calico Mountain Mines Mural
Barstow's Main Street Murals Directory image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2011
4. Barstow's Main Street Murals Directory
[click image to enlarge]
Historic Murals on Route 66’s last existing
“Main St”
Illustrating Barstow’s Past to Enhance Its Future

Working to build pride and unity within our community and revitalize Historic Downtown Barstow through the preservation and celebration of our rich cultural heritage through education programs, walking tours, public art and festivals.

We welcome new members who appreciate the power of public art and have a vision for how it can become a revitalizing force in the community.
For further information Tel: 760 257 1052
www.mainstreetmurals.com
The Main Street of Calico image. Click for full size.
March 16, 2006
5. The Main Street of Calico
Town of Calico - 1931 image. Click for full size.
By Frasher Foto
6. Town of Calico - 1931
Calico, Calif.
A Ghost City of the Desert
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 69 times this year. Last updated on October 3, 2017, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   5. submitted on August 21, 2008.   6. submitted on October 28, 2008. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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