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Monthly Archives: January 2006

Wrigley Botanical Gardens – California’s Golden Parks (139)

Written on January 11, 2006 at 6:05 pm, by

Huell boats to Catalina Island and visits the The Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens.

Kern River Preserve- California’s Gold (10003)

Written on January 10, 2006 at 4:36 pm, by

Huell visits the Kern River Preserve with its natural beauty, wildflowers and turkey vultures.  2006

Tecate Train- California’s Gold (8011)

Written on January 9, 2006 at 11:16 pm, by

Host Huell Howser comes to San Diego County to visit the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo and takes a train ride to Tecate, Mexico.  Huell takes a tour of the Tecate beer factory and explores the charming and historical Plaza area in Tecate before returning on the train to San Diego. The expedition rambles  Continue Reading »

The Lost Golden Spike- California’s Gold (8010)

Written on January 9, 2006 at 11:16 pm, by

On May 10, 1869, the Last Spike of the Transcontinental Railroad was ceremonially driven into a polished California Laurel railroad tie at Promontory, Utah. Huell learns about its mysterious disappearance and re-discovery and also gets a special sneak preview of this rare artifact on a visit to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and the California  Continue Reading »

Solano Train Ferry- California’s Gold (8009)

Written on January 9, 2006 at 11:13 pm, by

Huell’s off to the San Francisco Bay area to learn about the largest train ferry ever built. The Solano train ferry shuttled trains and passengers back and forth between Port Costa and Benicia. It once served as a vital link in the Central Pacific and and later the Southern Pacific Railroad Lines.  2006

Warnors Theatre- California’s Gold (8008)

Written on January 9, 2006 at 11:10 pm, by

The Warnors Theatre, a Fresno landmark that opened in 1928, houses a pipe organ that is the only one of its kind in the world still performing inside its original theatre. After years of neglect, The future of the theatre was in jeopardy until Frank Caglia bought it in 1973 and returned it to its  Continue Reading »

Fotoplayer- California’s Gold (8007)

Written on January 9, 2006 at 10:59 pm, by

Huell meets Joe Rinaudo whose passion is a 1926 Fotoplayer, which uses music rolls like those for player pianos to provide music and sound effects to silent films. Joe spent thousands of hours restoring his Fotoplayer and although the “talkies” made them obsolete in the late 1920s, Huell discovers there is still no better way  Continue Reading »

Printing Museum- California’s Gold (8006)

Written on January 9, 2006 at 10:51 pm, by

Huell visits the the International Printing Museum in Carson, a dynamic museum that takes one of the world’s most significant collections of antique printing machinery and brings it to life through working demonstrations and theater presentations. The International Printing Museum 315 Torrance Blvd Carson, CA 90745 310-515-7166  2006

Noriega’s- California’s Gold (8005)

Written on January 9, 2006 at 10:50 pm, by

Huell’s off to Noriega’s Basque Restaurant in Bakersfield where he not only enjoys an amazing meal, but he is treated to wonderful stories aboutthe Basque culture in the area. Call (661) 322-8419‎ 2006

Cotton- California’s Gold (8004)

Written on January 9, 2006 at 10:40 pm, by

California is the fifth largest cotton-producing state, while the San Joaquin Valley is the heart of California cotton country. Huell spends a day in Buttonwillow, which calls itself the “Cotton Capitol of California” and has a great time out in the fields. For historical purposes, he picks cotton the old-fashioned way, and then steps into  Continue Reading »