from the above website:
was developed in 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. Located at
the side of towering King Mountain, the town was named for the variety of colors
in the mountain that were "as purty as a gal's calico skirt." Calico
boomed during 1881-1896; but the end came to the silver rush in 1896 and by 1904
Calico had become a ghost town.
the historic silver mining town lives on as one of the few original Old West
mining camps. One-third of Calico's original structures still stand; the
remaining buildings have been carefully reconstructed to capture the Old West
spirit. Walk Main Street and experience the life of the townspeople; see the
blacksmith shop, the old school house, and do a little gold panning of your own.
RV park is adjacent and below the town. Make sure if you stay here you call
ahead and make a reservation
Our next stop is Hearst Castle