Board Authorizes Free Calico Ghost Town Tours For Military Spouses

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved a recommendation by First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt to allow the spouses of military personnel based at the U.S. Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow to tour Calico Ghost Town at no charge as part of the orientation program designed to introduce them to family friendly recreational opportunities in the High Desert.

“These are young families, usually stationed far from home, who are already making tremendous sacrifices on behalf of our nation,” said Supervisor Mitzelfelt, a Marine Corps veteran whose district includes all or part of five military bases. “This is a simple way for the County to demonstrate our support for the spouses and children of these brave men and women by showing them the opportunities for family fun at one of our local treasures, Calico Ghost Town.”

Calico Ghost Town is part of the County Regional Park system and the fees have been waived in the past for the orientation of military spouses. This formalizes the fee waiver for three years.

About 50 spouses will be able to tour the park as part of the orientation, which occurs four times per year.

There are approximately 12,170 family members and assigned military at Fort Irwin and 1,730 family members, active duty military and personnel at the Marine Corps Logistics Base. Waiver of this fee allows military spouses to experience Calico Ghost Town and to become familiar with the activities and events programmed throughout the year for family enjoyment.

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