With its 500 mines, production of over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span was accomplished. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890’s, Calico lost its population. The miner’s packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a “ghost town.”
Walter Knott purchased the town in the 1950’s architecturally restoring all but the five original buildings to look as they did in the 1880’s. Then, in 2005 it received State Historical Landmark 782 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California’s Silver Rush Ghost Town.