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Monthly Archives: December 1994

Jack London- California’s Gold (502)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:58 am, by

Explore Beauty Ranch, once the home of one of California’s most famous authors, Jack London. Now the estate is part of the Jack London State Historical Park in the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma. It is at this home that London wrote many of his most famous books, including Call of the Wild, White Fang and  Continue Reading »

California Companies- California’s Gold (503)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:57 am, by

Huell takes a look at two companies that had their roots in California’s gold rush. First, Huell looks at the Studebaker Car Co.-originally started as a wheelbarrow manufacturer-and visits the Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races at the El Dorado County Fair, now in their 49th year. Next, Huell tours the original plant of Levi Strauss & Co. in  Continue Reading »

Wings Over California- California’s Gold (504)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:37 am, by

Huell soars above our state as we look at the Pigeon Courier Service at Avalon on Catalina Island, once the most expeditious means of communication with the small island. Next, Huell visits the Twenty-Nine Palms Air Academy, created during World War II. Huell goes up in the air with some of the original pilots at this,  Continue Reading »

California State Park- California’s Gold (505)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:26 am, by

Huell explores two of California’s most interesting State Parks: the Providence Mountain State Recreation Area, located in the Eastern Mojave Desert, to see the famous Mitchell Caverns Nature Reserve; and the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, in the Sierra Nevadas, where we see a Miwok Indians legacy in a vast rock covered with thousands of grinding  Continue Reading »

San Luis Obispo Train- California’s Gold (507)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:25 am, by

Join Huell in the centennial celebration of the arrival of the first steam train to this isolated mid-coastal town. As part of the celebrations, the town’s citizens have recreated the events exactly as they happened a century before. Huell passes through the historic tunnels and tressels in a period steam engine as he descends into this  Continue Reading »

Santa Barbara Island- California’s Gold (508)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:23 am, by

Huell travels to Santa Barbara Island, one of the eight Channel Islands, to learn about the history and nature of this beautiful place from its only human resident-a ranger. Huell actually walks the perimeter of this island to get a feel for this seldom seen part of the Golden State.  1994

Under California- California’s Gold (509)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:21 am, by

Join Huell and trace the lives of two men whose unique dreams in the early part of the century helped them to create two of our state’s most amazing buried treasures. First, we visit the Underground Gardens of Baldasare Forestiere and the incredible labyrinth of tunnels, courtyards and vines. Next, we visit the Burro Schmidt Tunnel,  Continue Reading »

Kelp- California’s Gold (510)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:20 am, by

Huell explores one of California’s biggest and most beautiful forests… one we never get to see- the incredible kelp forests off our coast. Travel with Huell from Monterey to San Diego to see how kelp grows, how it is harvested and how it finds its way into the common foods we eat.  1994

On Stage- California’s Gold (511)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:19 am, by

Huell visits two unique outdoor California theaters with long traditions of their own. First stop is the Spreckles Organ in San Diego, the world’s largest outdoor organ. Weekly summer concerts have been an event there since 1915. Then we travel to the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, where the unique art form tableaux vivants, or  Continue Reading »

Keeping Cool- California’s Gold (512)

Written on December 10, 1994 at 1:17 am, by

Huell keeps cool on this adventure. Californians have done everything imaginable to keep cool in their blistering deserts. Huell looks at two ways of cooling off: first, in the amazing old “desert submarines” of Indio County, then at an honest-to-goodness oasis near Palm Springs.  1994