(Victor Valley)–– As part of an array of improvements coming to Calico Ghost Town, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved a contract to construct new restrooms and showers at a popular campground.
“Calico Ghost Town is already the most popular attraction in our regional park system and new restrooms are an investment that will ensure the facilities are top notch and will keep visitors coming from around the country and from around the world,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “It’s one of many improvements in the works that will bring Calico up to its full potential and bring in even more visitors and revenue.”
The Board awarded a construction contract for $651,810 to Crown Contracting, Inc., of Yucca Valley to demolish two restroom and shower buildings at Campground “O” and replace them with two larger manufactured buildings. The overall project cost is $830,000. Campground “O” was built in the 1980s and is a popular camping and staging area with access to off-highway vehicle areas. The restroom project should be complete before spring 2013.
In addition, during Calico Days October 5-7, Supervisor Mitzelfelt will participate in the grand opening of the Calico Mining Museum in the Zenda Building, which will feature exhibits on the rich mining history of the Calico region, old mining technology and the day-to-day lives of the miners. Another popular upcoming event is the Halloween Ghost Haunt during the final two weekends of October.
The Lane House attraction remains open as it undergoes a major renovation by the County Museum with new exhibits highlighting the daily life of Lucy Bell Lane, known as the Queen of Calico, who operated the general store in the late 1800s, and later lived at Calico until shortly before her death in 1967 at the age of 93. Supervisor Mitzelfelt provided $75,000 of remaining discretionary funds toward the renovation.
Other improvements to the visitor experience are in the works and will be announced at a later date.
California’s Official Silver Rush Ghost Town, Calico is a popular attraction for busloads of international tourists, helping it generate the most revenue in the nine-park County Regional Park system. The Calico Mining District was extremely productive in the late 19th Century, and with gold and silver prices still near record levels, actual mining could resume in the coming years.
For information on County Regional Parks, including Calico, go to http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/ or call (909) 387-2757.