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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 »

Catalina Arabian Ranch- California’s Gold (9003)

Nestled in a small valley nearly 12 miles outside of Avalon on Catalina Island is El Rancho Escondido, “the hidden ranch.” Still a working ranch, it was originally started as the Wrigley family’s Arabian Horse Ranch. The facility’s prizewinning horses, historic memorabilia, and entertaining exhibits make it great place to visit. Huell spends the day  Continue Reading »

Desalting Water- California’s Water (108)

Huell tours a desalination plant to understand how removing salt from seawater is increasingly seen as a viable way to “drought-proof” communities and reduce their dependence on imported water.  2006

Camel and Bison- California’s Gold (709)

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 »

Wings Over California- California’s Gold (504)

Huell soars above our state as we look at the Pigeon Courier Service at Avalon on Catalina Island, once the most expeditious means of communication with the small island. Next, Huell visits the Twenty-Nine Palms Air Academy, created during World War II. Huell goes up in the air with some of the original pilots at this,  Continue Reading »