Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Lane's General Store Calico Ghost Town
Calico Ghost Town has an interesting history. Originally a booming silver mining town in the Mojave desert of California, then an abandoned town, then purchased by Walter Knott to complete his vision of a real ghost town (and to preserve the history) and eventually donated to San Bernadino to be run as a park. The connection to theme parks is that Walter Knott ran the town as an amusement park with a mine train ride and costumed characters during the day. It is now still run like an amusement park with gun fights, gold panning and a train ride. This postcard is of the general store with all the advertising out front. The postcard is postmarked 1958, during the prime time of the Knott's ownership.