Cost (subject to change): $10 adult; $6 youth 6-15; and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. Location: Off I-15 at the Ghost Town Road exit, 10 miles north of Barstow. calicotown.com
Yermo, CAThe Civil War is being played out in the hills of Calico Ghost Town known for its colorful hills and unique geologic formations that provide a spectacular setting for the re-creation of an historic event. 200 armies, hundreds of soldiers, mock battles, and realistic-looking encampments commemorate the 150th anniversary of American Civil War. The Calico Ghost Town attraction that's open year-round invites the public for a special weekend of living history.
Civil War Schedule of Events
All weekend activities:
Face painting-Hanks Hotel Make your own candle The Candle Shop Make your own medallion The Pottery Shop Stamp your own leather The Boot & Saddle Shop Blacksmith demonstrations The Smelter Building Faro dealer-Beer Garden (Sat only)
The American Civil War Society, a re-enacting
association, presents dramatic mock
battles complete with canon fire twice
daily on Saturday & Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30
p.m. Each day, an Abe Lincoln re-enactor
will deliver The Gettysburg
Address. It is living history for the
entire family to enjoy with
entertainment such as fashion shows,
musical entertainment (brass bands,
guitars, banjos and flutes ,) and
townspeople displaying their crafts and
Calico Ghost Town offers 265 camp sites with full, partial or no hook-ups. Camping reservations may be booked directly online at sbcountyparks.com. Camping patrons receive up to six admissions per unit to the event.
In addition to camping, Calico offers cabins, mini-bunkhouse and a bunkhouse accommodations. Reservations for these must be booked by calling the park at (800) 86-CALICO.
California's part in the Civil War: The State of California was in its infancy when the Battle of Ft. Sumter, near Charleston, SC took place in 1861 starting the American Civil War. While patriotic fervor swept California residents after this battle, Volunteer Regiments, recruited from pro-Union counties from the northern part of the state were sent to occupy pro-secessionist Southern California leaving Southern Californians powerless during the war. Although 17,000 men from California participated in the War Between the States, California's contribution to the effort was of small scale.