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Monthly Archives: January 1998

Shasta Dam- California’s Gold (912)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:49 pm, by

When most people think of Shasta Lake, they imagine themselves on a houseboat enjoying California’s largest manmade reservoir. With 365 miles of shoreline it is a boaters paradise. What most people don’t think about is the massive structure that is responsible for holding back the water that creates Shasta Lake. We’re talking about Shasta Dam  Continue Reading »

Arrowhead Springs- California’s Gold (911)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:46 pm, by

It appears on the southern slope of the San Bernardino Mountains. Over the years it has been the subject of a host of Indian legends. In fact, no other natural landmark in those mountains has been regarded with such awe and wonder. We’re referring to the “Arrowhead,” a near-perfect natural 7 1/2 acre arrowhead-shaped landmark  Continue Reading »

Citrus Gold!- California’s Gold (910)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:44 pm, by

Citrus was to southern California what the discovery of gold was to the north because it triggered a massive migration to our state. In fact, many Americans from back east came to California to see for themselves the “paradise” found on those early crate labels used to promote citrus fruit. Through these labels, “California sunshine”  Continue Reading »

Big Things in the Desert- California’s Gold (909)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:41 pm, by

We all know our deserts here in California are big. They cover huge areas ofour state. And in this episode of “California’s Gold,” producer/host Huell Howser travels to the desert in search of big things — and finds them! First, he travels to the Palms Springs area to visit one of six major windfarms in  Continue Reading »

See’s Candy- California’s Gold (908)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:39 pm, by

It started back in 1921 and quickly became one of California’s biggest and “sweetest” success stories. The little shop on Western Avenue featured the favorite candy recipes of Mary See and focused on farm-fresh ingredients and homemade goodness. Before long this little shop had grown into a chain of stores serving loyal customers, and See’s  Continue Reading »

San Luis Obispo ChinaTown- California’s Gold (907)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:37 pm, by

At one time it was a thriving community within a community on our state’s central coast. Several hundred people who had traveled from a far away land in search of opportunities in this new state called California. They worked on ranches and farms and built the railroads. They ran small shops and stores and raised  Continue Reading »

China Clipper- California’s Gold (906)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:34 pm, by

They were huge flying boats named after the great sailing ships that in the 1800’s sailed the oceans of the world. The luxurious Pan American”Clipper” planes of the 1930’s took cargo, mail and passengers around the world in what was, for its time, considered a daring and pioneering feat. Pan American’s Treasure Island terminal and  Continue Reading »

Delta Queen- California’s Gold (905)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:32 pm, by

For 50 years one of the most popular ways to travel up and down the mighty Mississippi River has been aboard the authentic paddlewheel steamboat Delta Queen. To ride on this boat is to step back in time — in fact, the Delta Queen has been declared a National Historic Landmark and is listed on  Continue Reading »

Coloma- California’s Gold (902)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:28 pm, by

Coloma was a somewhat sleepy little town in the Sierra foothills during the 1840’s, but on the morning of January 24, 1848, all that was to change as James Marshall leaned over and picked up a piece of gold. Of course his discovery started the California Gold Rush which would bring hundreds of thousands of  Continue Reading »

San Miguel Island- California’s Gold (901)

Written on January 8, 1998 at 7:26 pm, by

In this episode Huell visits San Miguel Island, with a group of history buffs who recreate the 1542 landing of Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo – the 1st European explorer of the California Coast. Complete with authentic costumes, boats, and the fact that its done on the deserted white sandy beaches, this re-enactment really does take you  Continue Reading »