Desert Ghost Towns:
Calico Ghost Town
Late in the 1800's Calico was busy with
prospectors searching for its mineral riches. Silver was discovered here
and the Calico Mining District became one of the richest in the
state. By 1881, Calico was a boomtown that would provide millions in silver and borax,
and a town population of 1,200. Over 500
mines including the legendary Silver King, Oriental and Bismarck
produced Calico's fortune between 1881 and 1907.
In the mid 1890's silver dropped from $1.31 an ounce
to 63 cents, Calico became a ghost of its former self. Calico
officially died in 1907 with borax deposits playing out.
Calico Ghost Town is a popular restored silver-mining boom
town of the 1880's. One underground silver mine and several of the
19th century buildings still exist.
Calico Mining History