California's Official Silver Rush Ghost Town has been good for Calico and for San Bernardino County Regional Parks, which operates it.
The Maggie Mine tour is a kick. For $2 adults and $1.50 children over 5, we got to walk through one of the few stabilized mines anywhere. Every room has a mining scene, depicting the daily operation of a silver mine.
Another fun stop is the old schoolhouse, with desks
neatly lined up and slates at the ready. That little building out back (can't see it in the picture) is the outhouse. My son was appalled when I told him about the wooden seat and the newspaper TP.
Outside the sheriff's office stands a jail cell and hangin' tree.
Though there are several gift and souvenir shops, my
favorite has to be the old time general store. Complete with "unmentionables" hanging from the rafters, displays of bulk goods and old fashioned candies for sale. We got a couple of stick candies, and the licorice flavored one tasted more like real licorice than most of what passes for that particular candy on today's market. With many items of antique clothing and other household goods on display, the general store is part museum, part convenience store, with propane, canned goods and other camping supplies, and part souvenir shop.