Friday, May 27, 2016
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We are extremely proud of all the California's Gold shows we have produced over the past 20 years on our State's rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonders, and amazing people.
Our program is also endorsed by a number of organizations including: the California Teachers Association; the California Federation of Teachers; the California State Library Foundation; the California Library Association; the California School Boards Association; the California Council for the Social Studies; and the California Historical Society.
Thanks again for your support, and as always, you are invited to join the adventure as we continue our search together for California's Gold.
California's Gold #11001 - SMARTSVILLE
You’ve probably used this word at some point in your life and never knew that it was actually a town in California. Timbuctoo was once a bustling gold rush town named after that far away place in Africa. There’s not much left, but Huell pays a visit to Timbuctoo, which is now privately owned. Next it’s off to Smartsville, that due to a post office mandate had to lose the “S” and became Smartville. The good citizens never gave up calling it Smartsville and took their case all the way to the federal government, who finally agreed to give them back their “S”.
California's Gold #11002 - PLACES I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO
Join Host Huell Howser on an adventure to two places he's been wanting to visit for years! First up is a a stop along Highway 395 in the town to Lee Vining to see the Upside Down House. Built by Nellie Bly O’Bryan and inspired by children's books - it is considered Mono County's first man-made tourist attraction. Huell gets a tour from some of the locals who lovingly restored it after many years of decay. Next is a stop at the Livermore Fire Department to see the 107 (and counting) year old lightbulb. Learn how and why this bulb has been burning nonstop for over 100 years. You can even see it yourself on the webcam:
California's Gold #11003 - HMONG
There are roughly 250,000 Hmong people living in the United States. The Hmong are an Asian ethnic group from the mountainous regions of Southeast Asia. Many ended up in the fertile areas in and around Fresno County, where their love of farming and vast knowledge has served them well. Huell visits two farms that are growing some of the most interesting and unusual produce in California. From a small family farm to the largest Hmong farm in the county, it’s a wonderful day.
California's Gold #11004 - GLACIER
Join Huell as he hikes high up in the Eastern Sierra to visit the Conness Glacier in a stunning part of the National Forrest.
California's Gold #11005 - PT. FERMIN LIGHTHOUSE LENS
There is a reason that those old lighthouses could send a beam of light for many miles out to see. Most lighthouses used a Fresnel lens, which looks like a beehive made of glass. These lenses are works of art and the one that graced the tower at Point Fermin Lighthouse is no exception. In this adventure, Huell learns the history of the lens, which was removed from Point Fermin and changed hands many times. This story has a happy ending, as the lens comes home Point Fermin once and for all Point Fermin Lighthouse 807 West Paseo del Mar San Pedro, CA 90731 310-241-0684
California's Gold #11006 - WATER CAR
Imagine sitting by the lake on a hot day and watching as a car drives into the water and motors away. Well that's just what piqued Huell's interest. Terry Tates parents bought their Amphibious Car in the early 60s and have passed it on to Terry. Huell goes to lake Castaic and gets the ride of his life. Click to Purchase this Video or call 1-800-266-5727.
California's Gold #11007 - HEARST CASTLE LANDSCAPE
Huell tours the gardens of the world-famous Hearst Castle on our state’s central coast.
Hearst Castle Main Number Provides Recorded Information (805) 927-2020
Tour Reservations (800) 444-4445 Or Reserve Online
California's Gold #11008 - TALL SHIP CALIFORNIAN
Huell sails aboard the state’s official tall ship, Californian to see just how hard it was for our early settlers to get here. He also enjoys some sea shanties. Follow the link below for info on how you can ride the Tall Ship yourself!
Maritime Museum of San Diego
California's Gold #11009 - GOLDEN GATE REPLICAS
Huell visits two replicas of the Golden Gate Bridge: the walkway to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and the Guy West Footbridge at Cal State University Sacramento.
California's Gold #11010 - GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Huell has the adventure of a lifetime, skydiving with the world-famous U.S. Army Golden Knights.
California's Gold #11011 - CAPITOL STEPS
Huell goes straight to the TOP! Finished in 1874, California’s Capitol Building is a stunning neoclassical gem. With all great buildings of this size, there are lots of steps. Some steps are very obvious, like the set that leads up to the front entrance, but this building has lots of “step” stories and even a few that are very scary to climb.
See link below for a virtual tour of the Cupola.
California's Gold #11012 - NEPTUNE POOL
Huell gets a behind the scenes tour and takes the “swim of a lifetime” in the Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle which is arguably one of the most spectacular pools in the world and the highlight of any tour. It is fed by mountain water and is surrounded by ancient Roman style columns and statues. Designed by architect Julia Morgan, the Neptune Pool was started in 1924 and was finally completed after several redesigns and re-buildings in 1936.
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California's Gold #11013 - CHIRIACO SUMMIT
Situated 30 miles east of Indio, this popular stop for travelers and truckers who want to gas up, get a home cooked meal or browse for nic nacs is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Huell spends the day with the people who live and work in this desert outpost as they enjoy this milestone.
You can get this episode for free on our iTunes podcast - or in your browser in the link below.
California's Gold #11014 - JOJOBA
Huell visits with Larry and Donna Charpied at their 10-acre jojoba farm located in the Eagle Mountain/Desert Center of Eastern Riverside County, in the shadow of Joshua Tree National Park Wilderness. Huell learns about the many uses for this desert wonder plant. Call them at: (760) 392-4722
California's Gold #11015 - LOPEZ-HILL HOUSE
J.J. Lopez, the longtime manager of the Tejon Ranch who helped shape Kern County's history, built his Victorian-style home in Bakersfield in 1909. In the 1960s, the home was occupied by Arlin and Lavern Hill, who migrated from Oklahoma after the devastating effects of the Dust Bowl. Now, this long-overlooked California landmark has finally been renovated and preserved thanks to local fundraising efforts. Huell meets the descendants of the Lopez and Hill families, who share their story of how their house was moved to its permanent location at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield. Kern County Museum 3801 Chester Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 (661) 852-5000 www.kcmuseum.org
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