Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Calico Ghost Town

Here are some great vintage Calico postcards. The descriptive text is from the back of the postcards, word for word. The first and last postcards are by the Southwest postcard icon Merle Porter - ENJOY!

Calico is located near the desert town of Yermo, the "Gate-way to the Calicos". Calico was discovered in the spring of 1881 by Frank Mecham, his uncle, Doc Yager and two deputy sheriffs, Tom Warden and Hue Thomas.

They named their find "The King Mine" after Sheriff King, uncle of Walter Knott, who grubstaked the party. The vein was noticed some time before by Lafayette Mecham, father of Frank, who was looking for a horse stolen by Indians.

It was Charles Mecham, a brother to Frank, who struck a pick into horn silver while on a trip with the discovery party. When the price of silver went down the mines closed down as it did not pay to dig the ore out. Calico is one camp that silver never played out...M.P. ~ Photo-color by Merle Porter ~

Commissary - Maggie Mining Co., Calico Ghost Town, Yermo, Calif.
Calico is a restoration project of Knott's Berry Farm.

Calico was discovered in 1870 by Lafayette Mecham, father of Frank and Charles who located the King Mine, when he chased a Piute Indian horse thief into the region. King was Sheriff of San Bernardino County and had grubstaked the brothers.

Calico was remarkable for law and order as it was a town of hard working miners, merchants and their families. The mines never gave out but with the drop in silver price it did not pay to take out the metal...M.P. ~ Photo-color by Merle Porter ~

Saturday, May 19, 2012

National Train Day Trip Report

A week ago today (May 12th) was the 5th Annual National Train Day celebration. The four main locations of the celebration were New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles.

National Train Day marks the 143rd anniversary of the creation of the nations first transcontinental railroad. On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, the "golden spike" was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, forever transforming America.

Here, at the historic San Bernardino Santa Fe Railway Station, getting ready to board one of the new Metrolink trains for Los Angeles.

This train is equipped with a Metrolink Crash Energy Management Car (#660). Made by Rotem USA Corp., a division of Hyundai Motors Group of South Korea.

I had to take a picture of these folks, nicely dressed as pirates, who were also on their way to LA to promote their party and event business. They were all using the old English accents and telling scurvy tales. Very talented people!

Union Station, Los Angeles - The station opened in May 1939. It was built on a grand scale and became known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It has been owned by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority since February 2011.

This is Amtrak K-9 Unit Police Officer J. Tizcareno and his best friend "Pal". A very nice person and an absolutely great dog. Thanks for your service gentlemen!

Santa Fe No.3751 - In 1927, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway paid the Baldwin Locomotive Works $99,712.77 for this 4-8-4 coal burning steam engine. It was later converted to burn oil and was a dependable passenger locomotive until the early 1950s.

Since 1985, the classic steam engine has been owned by the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society, which was established specifically for the purpose of restoring the machine.

The Silver Solarium, Dome / Observation Car. This car was constructed by the Budd Company in 1948.

It was a part of the original famed California Zephyr. The Silver Solarium was considered the "last word" in rail travel because of its Vista Dome seating for 24 passengers at tables; the car also featured a lounge and bedrooms.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Palm Tree Motels

Cool motels and palm trees postcards. ENJOY!

Valley Motel - 420 Ash McAllen, Texas - Air-conditioned - Vented Heat - Kitchenettes - Sleeping Rooms - Clean - Modern- Comfortable. Close to Sears Shopping Center. Parallel to and just North of Highway 83.

Cotton Tail Motel - 1741 E. Sunrise Blvd. (U.S. 1) Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Short distance to Beach. Within walking distance of Restaurants, Shopping Centers and Theatre, Shuffleboard, Pool, Free T.V. Modern Apartments and Motel Rooms.

Vista Del Mar (View of the Sea) 33 Briny Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida - Located on the Seashore of the Atlantic Ocean, Beautiful Studio and one bedroom apartments for the family. Maid service. Modern well furnished all electric kitchens. Bathing and fishing at your door step. For gracious living and a delightful vacation, come to Vista Del Mar.