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Monthly Archives: January 1999

Gold Special – California’s Gold (109)

Written on January 29, 1999 at 8:55 pm, by

Huell pays tribute to the 152nd anniversary of the discovery of gold in California. He travels to historic Sutter’s Mill in Sacramento from Southern California’s historic Placerita. He speaks with California State Librarian, Jerry Reynold, at the Natural History Museum about the history and discovery of gold. Also, shown is the video “California’s Golden Beginning”,  Continue Reading »

Quartzsite- California’s Gold (112)

Written on January 29, 1999 at 8:22 pm, by

A one-hour special about Quartzsite, AZ, “America’s Largest Parking Lot” and home to gem shows, swap meets, snowbirds. Learn about the history of Quartzsite. Quartzsite Chamber 1490 Main Event Ln. Quartzsite, AZ 85346 (928) 927-5600 Tyson’s Well Stage Station Museum 161 W. Main St. (928) 927-5229 1999 January

Nacimientos- California’s Gold (111)

Written on January 29, 1999 at 8:19 pm, by

In this holiday special, Huell visits two Los Angeles-area families who faithfully create elaborate nacimientos, or nativity scenes, which are a focal point of many Mexican American homes during the Christmas season. Huell learns about the tradition and how it began in California. Nacimientos translates to birth of baby Jesus. Southwest Museum 234 Museum Drive Los Angeles,  Continue Reading »

Sinatra’s House- California’s Gold (108)

Written on January 29, 1999 at 8:14 pm, by

In this one hour special, Huell visits the private home of Frank Sinatra in Rancho Mirage. Rarely open to the public, Huell gets a personal tour of Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs private house. Huell’s guide is Frankie Randall, a life-long friend of the Sinatras. He played this song: “Can’t Believe That It’s All Over”. The  Continue Reading »

Abalone- California’s Gold (1012)

Written on January 8, 1999 at 8:31 pm, by

They were once a mainstay on menus throughout California. You could go to the beach at low tide and pluck them from the rocks. Kids would have parties on the beach and roast them by the dozen. They have gone from a California tradition to near extinction. In this episode of California’s Gold, we’ll take  Continue Reading »

Devils Postpile- California’s Gold (1011)

Written on January 8, 1999 at 8:30 pm, by

Surreal, awesome, unbelievable, weird? These are just some of the words that come out of your mouth when you view the Devils Postpile. Located in the Eastern Sierras, this formation is one of nature’s true masterpieces. Towering 60 feet over the San Joaquin River the postpile looks like a huge cathedral pipe organ built entirely of  Continue Reading »

Lompoc Mural- California’s Gold (1010)

Written on January 8, 1999 at 8:27 pm, by

Imagine driving through Lompoc in the early 1940’s and coming across a huge 12 acre American flag made up of red, white and blue flowers. That’s just what people saw every spring for several years and it was a remarkable sight. In 1942 the good folks at Bodger Seeds in Lompoc decided they could do  Continue Reading »

Winery- California’s Gold (1008)

Written on January 8, 1999 at 8:25 pm, by

Napa Valley has become one of California’s main tourist attractions. Thousands of people flock to the area for wine tasting and vineyard tours every year. What most people don’t realize is that California’s rich wine history got it’s start in southern California. In this grape filled adventure, Huell travels to one of the oldest winery’s  Continue Reading »

Muscle Beach- California’s Gold (1007)

Written on January 8, 1999 at 8:23 pm, by

It was one of the most famous addresses in the United States from 1934 to 1959. It’s not a house but a small plot of sand in Santa Monica, California. Muscle Beach started as a WPA project in 1934 and helped spawn the modern fitness movement that lives on today. The original Muscle Beach was  Continue Reading »

Trestle- California’s Gold (1006)

Written on January 8, 1999 at 8:21 pm, by

The San Diego & Arizona Railway has been called “the impossible railroad”. They broke ground in 1907 and completed the line in 1919. Between San Diego and Arizona is some of the most treacherous countryside in the US With a bevy of workman and a lot of dynamite they managed to snake their way to Arizona. The  Continue Reading »