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

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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Visiting with Huell Howser

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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Visiting with Huell Howser

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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Visiting with Huell Howser

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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Visiting with Huell Howser

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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Visiting with Huell Howser

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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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Kern River Preserve

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California's Golden Fairs

Calaveras County Fair

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

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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California's Gold with Huell Howser

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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Road Trip

Avenue of the Giants

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Mule Days

They've been a part of the California landscape for hundreds of years, helping to build our canals and highways and railroads, hauling our freight, our silver bullion and, of course, playing a major role during the gold rush era. However, many people are under the false impression that they're stubborn, while others tend to overlook them in favor of the more glamorous horse. But, once a year the good citizens of Bishop, California, in the Sierra Nevada, set aside an entire week to pay tribute to... the mule.

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Will Rogers

Will Rogers has got to be one of the all-time great American characters. Often called the "Cowboy Philosopher," he kept America laughing through some of its toughest years. Will was a radio commentator, newspaper columnist and motion picture star. In 1922, Will bought property above Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades and built a summer cottage. The family loved the place so much that Will had a proper ranch built and the family moved there in 1928. In 1944, after the death of Mrs. Rogers, the property became Will Rogers State Historic Park and is now a well loved tourist destination.

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

A Tale of Two Cities

Visit Allensworth, now a state historic park, California's only community founded, financed and governed by African Americans during the early 1900s; tour old and new Kernville as area residents recount their experiences; and go whitewater rafting down the wild and scenic Kern River, one of the fastest flowing rivers in the nation.

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Joshua Tree

Travel down to where the streets have no name and see the world's tallest, oldest and one of the most peculiar-looking Joshua Trees in an episode devoted to this remarkable desert plant which has come to symbolize the Mojave Desert; then meet a man, who as a child, lived on a ranch in the seclusion of what is now the Monument.

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Lucky Baldwin Railcar

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Scotty's Castle

Walter Scott is one of the great characters of California history, and Huell travels to Death Valley to learn what his legacy is all about. Huell tours the amazing castle that now bears Scotty's name and walks through the dry desert that Scotty loved so much. Get an intimate portrait of this California original from those who knew and loved him.

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Bodie

Ever been to a real-life ghost town? Well, this episode explores one of the last remnants of the Wild West. Now a state historic park, Bodie is regarded as one of the largest and best preserved examples of an authentic ghost town.

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Arrowhead Springs

It appears on the southern slope of the San Bernardino Mountains. Over the years it has been the subject of a host of Indian legends. In fact, no other natural landmark in those mountains has been regarded with such awe and wonder. We're referring to the "Arrowhead," a near-perfect natural 7 1/2 acre arrowhead-shaped landmark formed by the contrast of light and dark vegetation which has been clearly visible for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years.

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Governor's Mansion

Huell gets a behind-the-scenes look at the Governor's Mansion in Sacramento from Kathleen Brown, who lived in the house as a teenager when her father Pat Brown was the governor of California. Her brother Jerry Brown currently holds that office.

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Shasta Dam

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 Shasta Dam which, is a perfect example of "California's Gold". Construction of the dam started in 1938 and ended in 1945. It's 602 feet high, 883 feet thick at the bottom, 30 feet thick at the top, and 3,460 feet long.

  • 2017-03-24T12:30:00-07:00
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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Tejon Ranch

Special one hour show all about the 270,000 acre Tejon Ranch. Huell sees the diverse beauty of this enormous ranch and learns about its rich history.



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Persian Festival of Fire

Huell attends events in Southern California connected with Iranian New Year celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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