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ACTIVITY: Gold Prospecting
LOCATION:
Mariposa, California

FEE: varies, free to guests of the Little Valley Inn
OPEN DATES:
all year
COMENTS: Recreational Gold prospecting in California's Southern Mother Lode.

ACTIVITY: Hiking,camping, coal mines, cemetary, picnic areas
LOCATION:
Antioch, Calif

FEE: $4.00 per car (weekends only) Weekdays are free
OPEN DATES:
all year
COMENTS: Historical landmark, Cave tours available, cemetary from the 1800's, good family adventure. Hiking trails are breathtaking

ACTIVITY: Ghostowns
LOCATION:
Almaden Quicksilver Park (Santa Clara County Park)

FEE: none Weekdays are free
OPEN DATES:
all year
COMENTS: Located in San Jose, CA, it's a county park. The quicksilver rush was as big as the gold rush, but is less famous because it was worked primarily by Mexicans, Irish, Indians and other non-whites. The hills surrounding the historic zone contain cemeteries, ghost towns, and abandoned offices of the mercury mining companies up until the mid '40's.

ACTIVITY: COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL
LOCATION:
SANTA CLARITA CA.

FEE: : $7.00
OPEN DATES:
29 APR. 2 APR.
COMENTS: GREAT PLACE TO BE IT IS AT MELODY RANCH MOTION PICTURE STUDIO

ACTIVITY: Tour the Eagle and High Peak Mine
LOCATION: Julian, California.

FEE: : $8 per adult
OPEN DATES:
10 am to 2:30 pm.
COMENTS: A wonderful tour of two mines connected together, narrated by a knowligable guide. After walking through the mines, the milling process was explained and we were given the opportunity to try panning for gold.

ACTIVITY: Historic Train Ride

LOCATION: Campo Ca, (San Diego County)

FEE: : Adults $40.00 Children $20.00
OPEN DATES:
2 days per month
COMENTS: To learn more see
http://www.sdrm.org/events/tecate/index.html

ACTIVITY: RICE BROS MINES


LOCATION: Campo Ca, (San Diego County)

FEE: : None

OPEN DATES:
Check Land Management Service
COMENTS: These mines were operated from 1890's till 1910's.
Ther are various old structures and mine tunnels that are becoming overgrown.


ACTIVITY: Mining Area


LOCATION: Corona (Riverside County)

FEE: : None

OPEN DATES:
Check Land Management Service
COMENTS: This is an interesting mining area located in tin can canyon outside of Corona.Lots of old mining structures and mine tunnels and shafts.I saw this area with a buddy doing CDF work.



ACTIVITY: General exploring



LOCATION: Hwy 177, Rice Road

FEE: : None

OPEN DATES:
Anytime
COMENTS: This is still listed on most maps as the town of Rice, There are still a couple of buildings left.The real attraction is 3 miles east and that is one of the training grounds for Patton during WWII. 3 miles past Rice there is a large tree on the right,turn and after about two hundred yards you will be on the concrete runways that are covered by a thin layer of dirt.You can find almost anything you would believe just laying on the ground.There is also the outlines of the company headquarters and a sand table map of the entire region fenced off. I assume to keep it preserved.Entirely too much to see in one day.



ACTIVITY: Calico Ghosttown Springfest-May and Calico Days - October



LOCATION: Calico


FEE: : Subject to change - Prior was $7.00 up


OPEN DATES:
Year Round

COMENTS: Calico has both of these festivals and does not print a schedule of events for either festival prior to the festival happening. These are very fun times for everyone, adults and children to have fun and participate. Camping is also available and not advertised.




ACTIVITY: Visit Paniment City



LOCATION: At the top of Surprise Canyon in the Paniment Mountain Range bordering Death Valley



FEE: : No fee



OPEN DATES:
All year, but try to visit in spring or fall. Paniment Valley & Death Valley tend to be a bit warm in summer months.


COMENTS: Paniment city has a fascinating history. It was mined for gold and silver in the 1800s, and was one of the largest sources of tungsten during World War II. Many motion picture celebrities owned stock in U.S. Tungsten Corporation. You can drive to Chris Wicks Camp, but the last 6.5 miles must be hiked. It's a 20% grade. Two springs run year around, so water is not a problem. Surprise Canyon has one of the very few outcroppings of precambrian strata, which is one of the hardest substances known to man. Diamond bit drills are ineffective on it's face. The spot is called "The Narrows," and has resisted erosion from flash floods for 100 million years. Structures still exist in Paniment City, and, of course, there are plenty of mine shafts to carefully explore. Cell phones and radios don't work in Paniment City. So, if you make the trip, leave word with the Ranger Station at Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley, and tell them when you will be back. That way, !
if you're not back, they can come and get you. It's not dangerous, but some fools attempt things they shouldn't, or insist on teasing a rattle snake. Stay on the trail, make noise, and don't venture into any mine shaft too far. Take a first aid kit, a good flashlight, and common sense. You'll have a great time. Firearms are technically not permitted, Paniment City is officially a part of the National Park System, but there aren't any metal detectors in Surprise Canyon.






ACTIVITY: "Hidden Treasure"



LOCATION: In the San Gaberials mountains 30 miles N/E of Los Angles CA

FEE: : Small fee for parking under $5.00 dollars


OPEN DATES:
Year around except during high fire danger in the summer months
SHORT REVIEW: Several hidden treasures stories have emereged through the years from this aera in and around the ghost town of Eldoradoville one is the story of the miners burro that had several sacks of gold in the saddle bags,when the flash flood hit the canyon in the 1860s and and the story of a several safe's from the local business being wash away during this down pore.



ACTIVITY: Wingo

LOCATION: Sonoma, CA

FEE: : None
OPEN DATES:
Daily
COMENTS: Wingo
Just east of Schellville in the sloughs along the creek is the Valley's last "ghost town" of Wingo. Once a bustling train station for visitors arriving from San Francisco by steam boat, this cluster of vintage cabins, workshops, and barns is home to a handful of residents. On the way to Wingo is a large open area of fields and wetlands devoted to a bird and wildlife preserve. Migrating ducks and geese often stop here. Automobiles are prohibited, so enjoy the walk through the meadows on the way to the Wingo train trestle.

DIRECTIONS:
>From the Sonoma Plaza, follow Broadway south until the very end at the intersection of Broadway and Highway 121. Instead of veering right, go straight to the country road directly in front of you. Follow it (unpaved) throught the bumpy, winding road
through the sloughs. Eventually you'll find a sign
indicating a bird sanctuary and a gate. Park, walk
past the gate and continue a half-mile toward the
train trestle to Wingo. The owner of this little ghost town has a cabin there, so do be respectful. If he's there, you can chat with him about the place - his parents bought it in the 1950's.




ACTIVITY: Abandon Gold Mines

LOCATION: Cottonwood
, CA

FEE: : None
OPEN DATES:
Daily
COMENTS: There's abandon Gold Mines. A little cementary. A bridge. And a lot of things to see & do.

DIRECTIONS: Lower Gas Point Rd Cottonwood CA




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