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Yearly Archives: 1996

California Pools- California’s Gold (702)

Written on December 10, 1996 at 12:25 am, by

California has many defining icons, but few sum it all up like swimming pools. In this episode Huell tours five historic pools which have all played an important part in our State’s history. Starting in L.A. at the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel painted by famous artist David Hockney and the Olympic pool at  Continue Reading »

Mare Island- California’s Gold (704)

Written on December 9, 1996 at 11:51 pm, by

The first on the entire west coast, with 142 years of service to our nation, the Mare Island Naval Shipyard has been a long time builder of California’s naval gold. Join Huell as he takes us on one of the last tours of the base which is to be closed due to military downsizing. He  Continue Reading »

Suisun Bay- California’s Gold (705)

Written on December 9, 1996 at 11:50 pm, by

Welcome to Suisun Bay home to one of the strangest fleets of ships you’ll ever see, the “Mothball Fleet.” Hundreds of ships all chained together, from tub to tanker, from Victory to cruiser, these ships are part of our National Defense Reserve Fleet. Come aboard with Huell as he tours some of these historic ships harking  Continue Reading »

California Firsts- California’s Gold (703)

Written on November 8, 1996 at 5:14 am, by

From orange groves to freeways, everybody knows about some of the most important and uniquely Californian firsts our state has produced. In this episode Huell looks at three unexpected California firsts that occurred in ways and places people never imagined: the surprising story behind the “real” discovery of gold in California, the unlikely spot of  Continue Reading »

Echo Park Dancers- The Bench (005)

Written on May 29, 1996 at 11:43 pm, by

Huell hangs out at a bench at Echo Park Lake.

Golf Course- The Bench (001)

Written on January 29, 1996 at 11:42 pm, by

Huell visits the Los Feliz golf course.

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 »