CALICO DAYS (SEPT 29th -30th)

​                                                                                      Calico Days Celebration—Since 1935

The start of Calico Days is credited to Barstow resident Leon P. Whitney, who “decided that the memories and tradition of the famous Calico Mining Town should be preserved.” Yet the event was not held at the site of Calico itself back then. Sponsored by the Barstow Chamber of Commerce, “Bloody Gulch” was the name given to a fictional mining town set up with false front booths in downtown Barstow. By the early 1940s, the event was moved to the Calico Guest Ranch in Yermo and was hosted by Thomas O. Williams, who was a Yermo constable. Calico Days was not held during the WWII years due to gasoline shortages but resumed in 1947 under the sponsorship of the American Legion Post 797 in Yermo.  It was not until 1968 that the first Calico Days was actually held at Calico Ghost Town itself, and the event once held in May was permanently moved to October. We consider it to be Calico’s big Birthday party, with games and entertainment that are themed to reflect the spirit and excitement of the discovery of silver in an authentic western mining town.




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