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Monthly Archives: January 1996

Japanese Garden- California’s Gold (712)

Written on January 8, 1996 at 7:03 pm, by

It’s the oldest Japanese-style garden in the United States. Located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, the Japanese Tea Garden has been part of that city’s landscape for over one hundred years. In this episode of “California’s Gold” host Huell Howser strolls through the serene garden enjoying its paths and bridges and flowering cherry  Continue Reading »

Santa Rosa Island- California’s Gold (711)

Written on January 8, 1996 at 7:02 pm, by

The Chumash called it Wimal. To Conquistador Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo it was San Lucas. Today it is known as Santa Rosa, and its 54,000 acres of open land 24 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara is the newest addition to Channel Islands National Park. Huell visits this remote place on an adventure that reveals  Continue Reading »

San Juan Bautista- California’s Gold (710)

Written on January 8, 1996 at 7:00 pm, by

A century ago, it was the hub of Northern California — a crossroads where over the years you would have encountered gentle Mutsune Indians, hard-working Franciscan padres, fierce outlaws and a host of other fascinating characters. Located just three miles off busy Highway 101 in San Benito County, today the town has somehow managed to  Continue Reading »

Camel and Bison- California’s Gold (709)

Written on January 8, 1996 at 6:59 pm, by

Huell goes in search of two animals found in our state today which aren’t supposed to be here. First, he travels to Catalina Island in search of historic buffalo – the descendants of fourteen which were brought over from the mainland for a silent movie shot in 1924. Next, Huell travels to Ft. Tejon State  Continue Reading »

Dry Lake Bed- California’s Gold (708)

Written on January 8, 1996 at 6:56 pm, by

Huell visits a dry lake bed in the Mojave desert that is so hard and so gigantic that it is the site of Edwards Air Force Base and a landing strip for the Space Shuttle. In the 1920′s and 30′s it was also used by hot-rodders from all over Southern California as a speed trails  Continue Reading »

Neat Houses- California’s Gold (707)

Written on January 8, 1996 at 6:54 pm, by

Searching for some of the neatest houses in California, Huell travels from one of the state’s most public houses to the most private. We start out in downtown Sacramento at the former Governor’s Mansion (1903-1967), home to 13 of our states first families, where we get a private tour from Kathleen Brown. Next after hiking  Continue Reading »

Firefall- California’s Gold (706)

Written on January 8, 1996 at 6:52 pm, by

A shout echos through Yosemite… “Let the Fire fall”, and from 1872 to 1969 that’s just what happened. Join Huell at the top of Glacier Point with Nic Fiore who was the last to push a pile of burning embers off the edge, creating the beautiful red hot “waterfall” effect know as Firefall. Then down to the  Continue Reading »