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Can a Tree Survive a Trip to the Moon? Moon Trees – California’s Gold (9011)

Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 14, the third trip to the moon. Did you know that astronaut Stuart Roosa packed a container filled with hundreds of tree seeds as an experiment to see if they could survive a trip to space? After landing, nearly all of the seeds germinated successfully.  Continue Reading »

Winter Weather Advisory Snow and Ice - California's Gold (812)

Winter Storm Jonas may be bearing down on our friends on the East Coast, but California can get its fair share of snow and ice as well. In this episode, Huell explores the historic ice industry in California. Watch as Huell learns how ice was harvested from mountain lakes and ponds. Later, Huell takes the  Continue Reading »

Jacaranda — California’s Gold (15006)

Huell, with the help of his friends from the Braille Institute, learns about the history of jacaranda trees in California, which dates back to the 1890s when horticulturalist Kate Sessions first planted the seeds in Balboa Park. The blooming purple trees can now be seen all across the state, and we will find that some  Continue Reading »

Cabrillo’s Ship — California’s Gold (15005)

Huell travels to Point Loma to learn about the history of Juan Cabrillo’s ship, the San Salvador, which arrived at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. We then meet the builders and see the progress of a full-scale replica of the ship at the San Diego Maritime Museum.

Sea Shadow — California’s Gold (15004)

Sea Shadow was the Navy’s “Stealth Ship,” a futuristic vessel built in 1984 to test new naval technologies, especially Signature Control, better known as “stealth”. Follow Huell to San Diego for an extraordinary tour, and find out the fate of the now-retired vessel.

S.S. Catalina Update — California’s Gold (15003)

Huell traces the history of the S.S. Catalina, which carried 24 million passengers to-and-from Catalina Island from 1924 to 1975. Considered by many to be the West Coast’s most storied vessel, the S.S. Catalina fell into disrepair while docked at Ensenada and efforts to rescue and restore the legendary ship ultimately failed. It was dismantled  Continue Reading »

Chavez Center — California’s Gold (15002)

Huell travels to the Tehachapi Mountains to visit The Cesar Chavez Foundation. Set on 187 acres, the buildings where once home to a tuberculosis hospital and then it’s where Cesar lived and labored during his last quarter century as he fought for better rights for migrant workers. Now the Center is a carrying on Cesar’s  Continue Reading »

FDR’s Boat — California’s Gold (15001)

Huell takes an inspirational voyage upon Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht, the U.S.S. Potomac. Now stationed at Jack London Square in Oakland, the ship is operated by a staff of volunteers and is now open for public tours.

A Palm Springs Star for Huell Howser!

Since the opening of the Huell Howser Archives and the permanent exhibit, That’s Amazing! Thirty Years of Huell Howser and California’s Gold, we have encountered a number of fans of Huell’s who are eager to share their encounters with him. These are people who also share his love for California. One of Huell’s favorite places  Continue Reading »

Avocados- California’s Gold (6012)

From past to present the avocado has been an important part of Southern California life. Join popular PBS host Huell Howser as he visits today’s avocado industry in and around Fallbrook, CA, and takes us on a tour back through local avocado history. So, whip up a dish of guacamole, sit back and enjoy this  Continue Reading »