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Monthly Archives: January 2002

Big Basin – California’s Golden Parks (101)

Written on January 29, 2002 at 5:34 pm, by

First up in or new series is Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Established in 1902, it’s actually California’s oldest State Park and is celebrating its centennial this year. Home to the largest continuous stand of Coast Redwoods south of San Francisco, as well as numerous waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and incredible  Continue Reading »

Mattress- California’s Gold (4013)

Written on January 8, 2002 at 9:57 pm, by

Join Huell Howser as he visits the McRoskey Airflex Mattress Company in San Francisco. The McRoskey family has been manufacturing mattresses since 1899 and they still make them in much the same way as they did back then — and they are all assembled by hand. The McRoskeys have even keep a record of every mattress sold  Continue Reading »

Manzanar- California’s Gold (4012)

Written on January 8, 2002 at 9:56 pm, by

Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. It is located at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevadas in the Owens Valley. Huell Howser is joined by experts and former internees to learn about the camp’s complex history. And although  Continue Reading »

Nitt Witt Ridge- California’s Gold (4011)

Written on January 8, 2002 at 9:54 pm, by

Huell Howser travels to the Central Coast in search of Nitt Witt Ridge, an unusual state historical landmark in Cambria Pines. Built from cement and found objects like bottle caps, toilet seats and abalone shells, this folk art home was lovingly built by self-taught artist Art Beal over a period of fifty years.  2002

Corona Race- California’s Gold (4009)

Written on January 8, 2002 at 9:53 pm, by

In the early 1900s Corona was known for its citrus, and even dubbed “The World’s Lemon Capitol.” Legend has it that Corona was laid out to resemble a wagon wheel with Grand Boulevard as the rim. This circular street is still probably one of the most unusual thoroughfares in the world, and from 1913 to  Continue Reading »

Missing San Fransisco- California’s Gold (4008)

Written on January 8, 2002 at 9:50 pm, by

The Berkeley, an 1898 steam ferryboat operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay, and now has a loving home at the San Diego Maritime Museum. Likewise, the organ from the Fox Theater has a new life entertaining audiences at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. Join Huell Howser as he retraces the journeys of these two  Continue Reading »

Drawbridge- California’s Gold (4007)

Written on January 8, 2002 at 9:48 pm, by

Drawbridge is a small, marshy island at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. People started going there in 1876 for the excellent hunting and fishing. By the early 20th Century, Drawbridge had become a full time community for a handful of families. It had also become something of a weekend resort. By the 1940s,  Continue Reading »

Fire Steamer- California’s Gold (4006)

Written on January 8, 2002 at 9:47 pm, by

Huell travels to the 2002 National SPAAMFAA Winter Convention in San Bernardino. SPAAMFAA stands for “Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America.” This get together was a wonderful place to get glimpse of our state’s fire-fighting history. There were all kinds of apparatus from small hand pumpers to elaborate  Continue Reading »

Erle Stanley Gardner- California’s Gold (4005)

Written on January 8, 2002 at 9:43 pm, by

The City of Temecula is nestled in a lush valley about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Southwest Riverside County, just north of the San Diego County line. Besides a thriving wine industry, significant mission history and the distinction of being on the Butterfield Stage route, Temecula was also home to Erle Stanley Gardner.  Continue Reading »

Sub-Net- California’s Gold (4004)

Written on January 8, 2002 at 9:41 pm, by

Its huge, metal and stretches across the Golden Gate, but its not the bridge. Its the former site of the Tiburon Sub-NetDepot, where they built and deployed nets across the San Francisco Bayto keep out enemy submarines. Long before the Tiburon Sub-Net Depot was there, this small piece ofland had many incarnations, among them are:  Continue Reading »