March 13, 2017: Since I started Gem City Images way back in 2007, the photos posted here have been (almost) exclusively of Monrovia. All my other photos have been posted to various social media sites like Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.

While that seemed like a good idea, in reality it led to a lack of consistency that was frustrating for me and made it hard to follow along with the latest photos.

So, starting now, Gem City Images will no longer be exclusively Monrovia. If you still want to see Monrovia only, you can always click the "Monrovia" label on the right side but hopefully you'll follow along for the whole experience.

Even though Gem City Images refers to Monrovia, I decided to keep that as the blog name. No matter where I go, The Gem City is where it all started.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Road Trip - Calico Ghost Town Revisited

Road trip time!  Made a return visit out to Calico Ghost Town in Yermo, California.  
The weather was perfect, gas prices were down (at the time) so it was time to get out of the city and into the Mojave Desert.
Be sure to click on the images and enjoy the larger versions.


Once you park your car, the first thing you see is the Calico Ghost Town entry sign at the beginning of town.


The Sheriff's Office complete with outdoor jail.  The vulture is a nice touch.


Front porch of the Calico House Restaurant.  Get some food, have a seat, and watch the tourists go by.


Something new since the last time I was there.  Horseback riding is now available.


Sign to some of the attractions: Maggie Mine, Odessa Railroad, Calico Bottle House and, of course, Outhouses.


The Calico Bottle House.  Now the home of Dorsey's Dog House.


Hank's Hotel.


Flowers in an old lantern.


Road trip details:

Mileage from Monrovia, CA:  About 115 miles.
Travel time:   About 2.5 hours depending on traffic.

Additional links:

Fees.  Current entry and additional fees here.

Camping.   There's a campground just outside the entrance to town.  Info and reservation info here.


Calico Ghost Town is out in the desert.  Depending on when you go, it could get very hot or very cold.  Dress accordingly.


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