Calico Schoolhouse

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Comments (8)

MaryAlice on January 24, 2008

How about that! Do you know any history on it?

Joe Gattuso on January 25, 2008

Hi MaryAlice,

I don't know a lot about the schoolhouse in particular. It is in the ghost town of Calico in Californi's Mojave desert. Calico was a mining town about a 100 years ago. It or parts of it were bought by Mr. and Mrs. Knott, who started Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. They built a "ghost town" around their chicken restaurant (later an amusement park), and used some of the original buildings from this town. I think they recreated this schoolhouse at Knott's. I can't remember if Calico is privately owned now or is part of a park. There's more info on the web, though. I Googled it and saw in some more recent picutures that this building has been repainted and doesn't look as beat up anymore. Please let know if I can answer any other questions for you.

MaryAlice on January 25, 2008

Wow! Thanks Joe! What a wonderful history lesson. I love hearing about old places. Schoolhouses are of special interest for whatever reason. I hate it when they come along and repaint and stuff though. It completely ruins it for me. Thanks again for all of the information. Have a great evening. MaryAlice

hillry on October 14, 2010

May i just say, your photos are amazing! They have inspired me to take a trip down old route 66 to check out some of these old abandoned buildings. Out of curiosity, when was this photo taken? I hope the building is still there when i go on my adventure.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Joe Gattuso on October 15, 2010

You are very kind, in all your comments. Thanks much. I definitely advise a trip down Route 66. I wish I still lived out west and could do that again. This church is in Calico, which is a state park. (And if you know Knott's Berry Farm, it's where Walter Knott got a lot of his Ghost Town buildings back in the '40s or '50s.) I'm pretty sure that the building is still there because I've seen it in other photos posted on Panoramio. I took this photo a long time ago -- I'm hesitant to admit how long -- and from the more recent pics it looks like the church has been repainted.


Andrey Voskressensky… on November 9, 2010

Impressive shot.

Andrey Voskressensky… on November 9, 2010

& like... :)

GasGasL€X on December 15, 2011

What a groovey old building.

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