Join Huell Howser as he travels the state to share California's rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonders, and amazing denizens. Whether road tripping on a California highway, exploring downtown Los Angeles, or visiting state parks and fairs, Huell's travel shows, including his signature series "California's Gold" and "Visiting," all have one thing in common: showcasing what makes the Golden State unique.

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Kelp

One of California's biggest and most beautiful forests is one we never get to see- the incredible kelp forests off our coast. Travel with Huell from Monterey to San Diego to see how kelp grows, how it is harvested and how it finds its way into the common foods we eat.

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Visiting with Huell Howser

Coastal Cactus Garden

Tucked away behind the Hamlet at Moonstone Gardens Restaurant in Cambria, is an expansive cactus garden. Join Huell as he strolls through this Central Coast gem filled with indigenous and exotic plants.

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Venice Beach

Huell finds out why Venice Beach is such an popular attraction for both tourists and locals alike. He watches paddle tennis, volleyball and meets the “tree man.” 

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Oil Islands

There's a 42-acre offshore oilfield with 175-foot-high drilling towers and 1,100 wells that penetrate underground Long Beach, Calif. Aside from being one of the most unique and beautiful oil drilling sites in America, it's also revolutionary with its location in plain view within a major city. Huell visits four architectural gems and learns about their rich oil history.

 

 

 

 

 

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Upper Newport Bay

Huell visits the Upper Newport Bay to see what is being done in to keep this area green for everyone to enjoy.

 

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Abalone

They were once a mainstay on menus throughout California. You could go to the beach at low tide and pluck them from the rocks. Kids would have parties on the beach and roast them by the dozen. They have gone from a California tradition to near extinction. In this episode of California's Gold, we'll take a close look at the history of Abalone in California. The Native Americans who once lived up and down the coast of California were the original abalone eaters. Not only did they use the flesh for food; they used the mother of pearl shells for their crafts.

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California's Golden Parks

Carpinteria State Beach

Carpinteria State Beach is just twelve miles south of Santa Barbara and is a great family destination that offers a mile of beach for swimming, surfing, fishing, tidepool exploring and camping. Huell learns about all of this, plus how Carpinteria got its name and the role that naturally-occurring tar played in its history. 

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Catalina Casino

Huell gets special tour of a California icon: the Catalina Casino. It has been the focal point of Santa Catalina since it opened over eighty years ago on May 29, 1929. Completely restored just a few years ago, the ballroom retains its original romantic style - with beautiful rose-hued walls, an arching, fifty-foot ceiling and five Tiffany chandeliers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California's Golden Coast

Guadalupe Dunes

Huell tours the the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes preserve with a representative of the Dunes Center, an agency, which along with other state, county and federal organizations, works to balance public use and resource protection of the largest, most biodiverse, coastal dune-lagoon ecosystem on earth. With 1,400 known species of birds, plants and animals and with the highest sand dune on the west coast, it is a place of rare beauty and significance.

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Tall Ship Californian

Huell sails aboard the state’s official tall ship, the Californian, to see just how hard it was for our early settlers to get here. He also enjoys some sea shanties. 

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San Onofre Beach

Huell and Luis hit the beach in our April episode of California's Gold. Surfing has played a major role in the "California" lifestyle and has a rich and colorful history up and down our coast. One of the most famous and historic is San Onofre Beach in San Diego County. Surfing got it's start in Polynesia over three thousand years ago and Hawaiian's have been riding waves for over one thousand. Surfing arrived in California in 1907 and has been a passion of Californians ever since. Many of our states early surfing pioneers cut their chops on the famous waves at San Onofre Beach.

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Hidden Alcatraz

Most of us have seen one of the countless films based on Alcatraz, from the Birdman to Clint Eastwood and his Escape From Alcatraz. Over a million people every year take the ferry through the thick San Francisco fog to walk the cell blocks that housed the likes of Machine Gun Kelley and Al Capone. As usual Huell wasn't satisfied with the regular tour and went in search of the "Hidden Alcatraz". It got it's name from the Spanish word Alcatraces, or Bird Island and didn't see human inhabitants until the US Military took it over in the mid 1800s.

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Point Sur Lighthouse

Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean from the spectacular Big Sur Coast, the Point Sur Lightstation stands as a silent sentinel to a bygone era. Point Sur, a National Historic Landmark, is the only complete turn-of-the-century lightstation open the public in California. From 1889 until 1974, families lived and worked in the buildings atop Pt. Sur. The families are gone but the unique stone lighthouse still guides ships with its light. Many ships perished on the rocks off Pt.

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Santa Cruz Island

Discover the colorful history of the Beach Boardwalk, the last remaining oceanside amusement park in the West Coast; meet the pioneers of surfing and the inventor of the wet suit, and enjoy salt water taffy and other sweet treats at Marini's, a family-run business for over four generations.

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Devils Jaw

Embark on a journey to the most dangerous spot on the California coast and find out why it is called "Devil's Jaw"; and visit the jewel of the California missions: La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, now a state historic park.

 

 

 

 

 

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San Miguel Island

In this episode Huell visits San Miguel Island, with a group of history buffs who recreate the 1542 landing of Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo -- the first European explorer of the California Coast. Complete with authentic costumes, boats, and the fact that its done on the deserted white sandy beaches, this re-enactment really does take you back in time. Huell is also joined by Nation Park Rangers, and a woman who actually lived on the island with her parents during the 1930's and 40's.



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Lost Sierra

Travel to Downieville, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where gold miners organized the first ski races in the country; meet the staff on the Mountain Messenger, the state's oldest weekly newspaper; and watch a demonstration of the long, heavy wooden skis worn by the gold miners in the mid-1800s.

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Ablitt House

Huell visits this unique house which was built on a 20 by 20 square foot lot in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara.

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Erle Stanley Gardner

The City of Temecula is nestled in a lush valley about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Southwest Riverside County, just north of the San Diego County line. Besides a thriving wine industry, significant mission history and the distinction of being on the Butterfield Stage route, Temecula was also home to Erle Stanley Gardner.

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Petroglyphs

Huell travels to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake to see the largest concentration of rock art in the Western Hemisphere. The small canyon houses up to 6,000 images. Although an accurate dating technique is still being sought, certain petroglyphs are thought to be 16,000 years old, while others were made as recently as 1800. This rock art is so important to our cultural heritage and our knowledge of the desert's past that the sites were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1964.



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California's Golden Parks

Madrona Marsh

Rescued from future development and a history of oil drilling, the 42-acre Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve in Torrance is one of the last remaining vernal marshes in Southern California. The non-profit, volunteer organization Friends of the Madrona Marsh fought vigorously throughout the '70s and '80s to save this delicate natural habitat. Although Huell's visit shows us a great success story, he also learns that the restoration is ongoing.

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Fort Tejon

You’ve passed it hundreds of times, high atop the grapevine on I-5, jokingly referred to as the most famous bathroom between LA and Bakersfield, it’s really an amazing place. Join Huell as he gets a living history lesson on the over 135 years of soldiers, goldminers, and other frontier folk.  

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Life In Death Valley

It's thought of as one of the bleakest and most desolate places in the world, but as Huell discovers, Death Valley can be beautiful. Contrary to its name, Death Valley is host to a wide variety of life- from prehistoric pupfish to stunning miniature wildflowers and much more!

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California's Golden Parks

Red Rock Canyon

Located just of highway 14, Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The park is not only rich in natural beauty, but has a deep human history as well. From the native Kawaiisu Indians, who left petroglyphs, to the 1870s 20-mule team freight wagons that stopped for water. There are also the remains of 1890s-era mining operations, and the area has been the site for a number of movies.

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Sharktooth Hill

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Road Trip

Tehachapi

Join Huell as he tries to get to Tehachapi, only to keep stumbling across many road side gems like: a movie set built in the middle of the desert, a lake with no water, the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, and the Mojave airport - filled with hundreds of aircraft from all over the world, including a MiG Fighter. Finally, Huell arrives in Tehachapi to visit with Betty Stokoe and her backyard full of railroad signals.

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Tuolumne Meadows

Huell visits Yosemite's high country for a walk through spectacular Tuolumne Meadows.

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Mammoths

Huell Howser visits two locations to learn about California's Ice Age history. At the George C. Page Museum in Los Angeles and at Sonoma Coast State Beach the Columbian Mammoths that once roamed our state come to life.

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Mudpots

In this muddy adventure, Huell travels to some very remote areas to take an up close and personal look at "mudpots". Mudpots only occur three places in the US and one of them is right here in California. Our first stop is the Imperial Wildlife Area. Huell and a member of the Fish and Game take a look at huge mounds of bubbling, oozing, popping and exploding mudpots. This is a public are that is open to mud lovers one and all. Next its off to some privately owned land which has some extraordinary mudpots.

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Lint Art

Huell visits his artist friend Slater Barron to witness the beauty of art made from dryer lint. Yes, lint. This is an update of a 20-year-old "Videolog" episode.


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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Hot Creek

If you love to soak in really hot water and love the out of doors, you have to watch this show. Huell travels to the Eastern Sierra's in search of a good place to have a soak. Hot Creek Geological Site is nestled in the Inyo National Forest close to the town of Mammoth Lakes. We take a ride out to the site with Debbie Nelson who is a Recreation Specialist for the forest. Huell gets a first hand look at this beautiful spot with water boiling up from the ground which mixes with the cool water of Hot Creek and makes for some very nice swimming.

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Lindbergh Beacon

Huell traces the history of the 1928 Lindbergh Beacon, which was discovered at a city warehouse in the 1990s, restored to its original glory, and now shines over downtown Los Angeles from the top of City Hall. We also revisit Huell's original segment on the Beacon, when Project Restore rededicated the Beacon in the LAX terminal after a 50-year absence.

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Clear Lake

Clear Lake is located at the base of fabled Mt. Konocti and is California's largest natural lake. Much of the terrain around the 4200 foot Mt. Konocti was formed by lava flows and folding of the earth's crust. The lake has a rich history; evidence of human habitation dates back at least ten thousand years. More than 120,000 visitors each year enjoy picnicking, boating, camping and nature walks. Huell travels to the this natural wonder and gets a very special tour including Anderson Marsh State Historic Park which has a very rich history itself.

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Yamashiro

Yamashiro -- a replica of a magnificent palace located near Kyoto, Japan -- was created in 1911 as a private residence. It was a club for the ultra-exclusive during the golden age of Hollywood, but is now a restaurant.

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Vernal Pools

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Traveler

In this one-hour episode, Huell discovers the rich history behind the legendary USC Trojan mascot, and meets the people who have loved and cared for this special horse over the years.

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California Testers

Huell visits the Smith-Emery Company in Los Angeles, which has been in business since 1904 and whose staff of inspectors and engineers put all sorts of construction materials through rigorous tests.

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Forest Photographer

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Stan's Donuts

For almost 40 years, Stan's Corner Donut Shop of Westwood, California, has baked the world's most gourmet donuts. From a Cinnamon Chocolate Cheese Danish to an Apple Fritter to a Reese's Peanut Butter Pocket with fresh banana. Stan's offers donuts you will find nowhere else in the world.



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Hollywood Reservoir

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Palm Springs with Huell Howser

Electric House

Huell visits the automated McCullough House in Palm Springs.



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California's Golden Parks

Shasta

When most people think of Shasta Lake, they imagine themselves on a houseboat enjoying California's largest manmade reservoir. With 365 miles of shoreline it is a boaters paradise. What most people don't think about is the massive structure that is responsible for holding back the water that creates Shasta Lake. We're talking about 3,460 feet long and 602 feet high Shasta Dam which, is a perfect example of "California's Gold." Construction of the dam started in 1938 and ended in 1945. The spillway is the largest manmade waterfall in the world - three times the height of Niagara Falls.

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Munch Box

Huell heads to Chatsworth to visit The Munch Box, a popular burger stand that has been around since 1956 and is now officially a historic cultural landmark.



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California's Golden Parks

Donner Memorial

Huell travels to the beautiful Sierra Nevadas and Donner Memorial State Park which commemorates those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800s. It is named for one of the earliest pioneer wagon trains, the Donner Party, forced by circumstances to camp at the east end of Donner Lake in the winter of 1846-47, resulting in human suffering and loss of life.

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Aerial L.A.

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California's Golden Parks

John Muir Home


Huell tours the the Victorian residence in Martinez where the naturalist John Muir lived from 1890 to his death in 1914, and meets the special folks who are responsible for preserving this important site. While living there, Muir laid the foundations for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.

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K-9's

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Slash X Cafe

Huell pulls off the road in Barstow for a bite to eat at the Slash X Cafe, a favorite of off-roaders who usually pull up on their dirt bikes, quads or trucks.

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California's Golden Parks

Trona Pinnacles

The Trona Pinnacles are one of the most unusual geological features in California. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet rising from a dry lake bed. The Pinnacles have been used as a backdrop fort hundreds of movies and TV shows.



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Ferguson's Shells

Huell's off to Wilmington to visit Ferguson's Marine Specialties, which is owned and operated by Ralph Ferguson and his daughter, Lupe. Once inside, Huell is literally surrounded by beautiful seashells from all over the world.

 

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California's Golden Coast

Anacapa

Anacapa Island, one of California's Channel Islands, is located 14 miles off the coast from Ventura. From the ocean, Huell finds that ocean waves have eroded the perimeter of the island, creating steep sea cliffs towering hundreds of feet in height and exposing the volcanic origins of air pockets, lava tubes, and sea caves. Once on land, he learns that the largest breeding colony of the endangered California brown pelican is located on West Anacapa. Other sea birds include western gulls and several species of cormorants.

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Griffith Park Live Steamers

All aboard as Huell visits the Griffith Steamers.

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Kern River Preserve

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California's Golden Fairs

Calaveras County Fair

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Wawona

At the Yosemite Pioneer History Center, Huell discovers what it was like to visit Yosemite, including the historic Wawona Hotel, in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Bike Race

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San Francisco Cemeteries

San Francisco is a city of many distinctions, but few are as intriguing as the history of its cemeteries. As the 19th century came to a close in San Francisco, a movement some say a real estate scheme began to remove all buried remains from within the city. After many ordinances, acts and decrees, cemeteries were carefully relocated to nearby towns, while headstones were recycled as breakwaters and paving material. Only three cemeteries and their inhabitants were left within the boundaries of San Francisco.

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