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Category Archives: California’s Golden Parks

Paramount Ranch- California’s Golden Parks (166)

Huell looks back at sixty plus years of film history when he visits the Paramount Ranch. It has posed as Tombstone, Arizona, Dodge City, Kansas and has stood in for the rolling hills of Montana and the dusty streets of Laredo. Movie-goers have been fooled into mistaking it for the Royal Gorge of Colorado, the  Continue Reading »

Whitewater Preserve-California’s Golden Parks (167)

Huell visits the Whitewater Preserve located just off the 10 freeway near Palm Springs. This amazing oasis contains 2,851 acres surrounded by the Bureau of Land Management San Gorgonio Wilderness and is part of the Wildlands Conservancy’s 33,000-acre Sand to Snow Preserve System. Included is and old trout farm and lodge that have been transformed  Continue Reading »

Eugene O’Neill-California’s Golden Parks (164)

America’s only Nobel Prize winning playwright, Eugene O’Neill, chose to live in the hills above Danville, California at the height of his writing career. Isolated from the world and within the walls of his home called Tao (dow) House, O’Neill wrote his final and most memorable plays; The Iceman Cometh, A Moon for the Misbegotten  Continue Reading »

Movie Beach-California’s Golden Parks (165)

Huell meets up with Harry Medved author of HOLLYWOOD ESCAPES a book about movie locations in California. Harry tells Huell all about the long history of Leo Carrillo State Beach, and why it is probably the most filmed beach in the world. 2009

Zzyzx-California’s Golden Parks (160)

Huell takes the Zzyzx off-ramp from the I-15 freeway and sees what this iconic exit is all about: from its early history as a Mineral Springs & Health Spa to its current incarnation as the Desert Studies Center. 2008

Parks in Progress-California’s Golden Parks (161)

With over 270 State Parks all over California, popular PBS Host Huell Howser wanted to know just how a park becomes a park, so he teams up with Park Superintendent Don Monahan for a look at two parks in progress. The first stop is at the John Marsh house which is being lovingly restored. Then  Continue Reading »

Trona Pinnacles-California’s Golden Parks (162)

The Trona Pinnacles are one of the most unusual geological features in California. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet rising from a dry lake bed. The Pinnacles have been used as a backdrop fort hundreds of movies and TV shows. 2008

Red Rock Canyon State Park-California’s Golden Parks (163)

Located just off highway 14, Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The park is not only rich in natural beauty, but has a deep human history as well. From the native Kawaiisu Indians, who left petroglyphs, to the 1870s 20-mule team freight wagons that stopped for water.  Continue Reading »

Alcatraz Gardens- California’s Golden Parks (158)

There have been gardens on the island of Alcatraz since the days of the Civil War. People have always found a way to coax things of beauty from this windswept and desolate place. Inmates of the “Rock” found it especially nice to get out in the fresh air and tend to the gardens. After many  Continue Reading »

San Simeon-California’s Golden Parks (140)

The Hearst Ranch began with the first purchase of land by George Hearst in 1865 and is the largest privately owned working cattle ranch on the California coast. Now, through a historic conservation plan, at least 18 miles of coastline including close to 1,500 acres will be available for use by all Californians. Huell hears about  Continue Reading »