Calico, a mining town in the Calico Mountains of Southern California, was settled in 1881. It was the most prolific producer of silver ore in California by producing $86 million in silver from its mines. The town supported a population of 4,000 before the price of silver crashed in 1896. The town of Calico was completely abandoned by 1907. Calico is called the official California Silver Mine. Bodie is the official California Gold Mine. The ghost town of Bodie is in a state of “arrested decay,” whereas Calico has been completely rebuilt.
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Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.