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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Road Trip

San Marcos Pass

State Highway 154 is one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in California. The locals know it as the San Marcos Pass Road, and it’s a 32-mile section of highway from Santa Barbara to Highway 101 north of Los Olivos, that winds through the Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Ynez Valley and past Lake Cachuma. It’s a historic road as well, part of it following an original stagecoach route.

 

 

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Hanford

Hanford is a town that loves its history and knows how to show it off. Huell starts his adventure in the main town square that has a beautiful vintage carousel that is popular with tourists and locals alike. Then he’s off on a fire truck tour of downtown, to breakfast at Star Restaurant, coffee at Art Works, ice cream at Superior Dairy, a visit to the Fox Theatre, Carnegie Museum and Church of the Saviour and all of this on the first day!

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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 knick-knacks 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.

 

 

 

 

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Wings Over California

Soar above our state as we look at the Pigeon Courier Service at Avalon on Catalina Island, once the most expeditious means of communication with the small island. Next, Huell visits the Twenty-Nine Palms Air Academy, created during World War II. Huell goes up in the air with some of the original pilots at this, the largest glider school in the country.

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La Grange

Huell travels to the small town of La Grange to see an amazing part of our states history. The Tuolumne Gold Dredge sits abandoned right of the highway and is an incredible site. Huell and some local historians visit the dredge and the now virtual ghost town that was once home to the many workers that kept this behemoth running around the clock in search of gold.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mining Museum

Huell drops by the California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa to see our state's official collection of more than 13,000 minerals, rocks, gems, historic artifacts and fossils.

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Bunny Museum

Join Huell as he hops over to the Pasadena home of Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski, who have turned their house into a living museum filled with almost everything bunny! Over 21,000 bunny collectibles: most of their furniture, light fixtures, kitchenware, toiletries, books, and games are bunny themed. And lounging around their house, they have seven real bunny pets that do not live in cages, and are litter box trained!

 

 

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Keeping Cool

Californians have done everything imaginable to keep cool in their blistering deserts. Join Huell as we look at two ways of cooling off: first, in the amazing old "desert submarines" of Indio County, then at an honest-to-goodness oasis near Palm Springs.

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Spam

Yes Spam. The canned block of pork and ham you thought you had left behind in your childhood is as popular as ever. Join Huell as he attends the 1999 Los Angeles County Fair's “Best Spam Recipe” contest where judging is based on taste appeal, appearance and originality. With recipes like Spam Taquitos, Spam Pate and a Pumpkin-Spam Casserole, this show is definitely a feast for the eyes.

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Teardrops

Step back in time with Huell as he visits a weekend gathering of classic teardrop trailers. They sleep two, and have a built-in kitchen on the back all in a teardrop shaped trailer a little more than eight feet long. Some were built by various manufacturers, but many were lovingly built or restored by hand from plans in a Popular Science magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coast Highway

Huell travels from Oceanside south to La Jolla on a "Road Trip" that includes stops at the California Surf Museum, Del Mar Racetrack, Torrey Pines State Reserve and the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institute.

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Placerville

Join Huell as he visits Placerville, founded after the highly publicized discovery of gold in 1848 in the tailrace section at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, only 10 miles away. The resulting migration of thousands of fortune-seekers established Placerville as an important supply center for the surrounding mining camps.

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Swallows

The miracle of the Swallows of Capistrano takes place each year at the Mission San Juan Capistrano on March 19th, St. Joseph's Day. Legend says the swallows, seeking sanctuary from an innkeeper who destroyed their nests, took up residence at the old Mission. They return to the site each year to nest, knowing their young can be safe within the Mission walls.

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Sequoia Black History

Huell joins the centennial celebration of Colonel Charles Young's tenure as superintendent at Sequoia National Park. Young led his "Buffalo Soldiers" during a historic summer working in the second national park ever created in the United States. Young discovered and named a majestic Giant Sequoia after an individual that inspired and influenced his life, Booker T. Washington. After nearly 100 years, this tree has been rediscovered and stands as a monument to both Colonel Charles Young and Booker T. Washington.

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Monarchs

Have you ever wondered what 100,000 Monarch Butterflies look like? Well here's your chance. Huell travels to Pismo State Beach to visit the largest overwintering site for Monarch butterflies in the U.S. More people visit this site than any another butterfly site in the world. Last year they had 50,000 visitors!

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Chautauqua

Huell visits Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades which was a major center of the Chautauqua Movement in the 1920s and 30s.

 

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Manzanar

Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. It is located at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevadas in the Owens Valley. Huell Howser is joined by experts and internees to learn about the camp's complex history. And although little remains of the camp itself, Huell discovers a permanent reminder of the internees' detention -- their names etched in concrete.

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Muybridge

Huell is off to Stanford University to learn about Eadweard Muybridge and his ground breaking photographs of animal locomotion. With the financial help of wealthy Leland Stanford, a former California Governor and founder of Stanford University, Muybridge used multiple cameras to capture innovative images of animals in motion. His venture, which would make contributions to art and science, began in 1872 at Stanford's horse farm in Palo Alto the future site of Stanford University.

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Buried Treasures

Explore the coastal town of Guadalupe, in Santa Barbara County, where the massive set from Cecil B. De Mille's silent film epic, "The Ten Commandments," is buried; journey to the Sierra County mining town of Alleghany and descend cavernous tunnels, 2200 feet below, for an adventure in search of gold.

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Masonic Cave

Huell's off to Amador county and the town of Volcano. It was once a thriving, gold mining town in the 1850s and 1860s, but Huell has set off to discover the mysterious cave in this mountain community which served as a Masonic lodge.

 

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Wedding of the Waters

In 1937, an amazing three-day event took place to celebrate the opening of a new road from Lone Pine to Death Valley. A gourd was filled with water from the highest lake in the U.S. on the side of Mt. Whitney. A trip commenced using all modes of important California transportation--Native American runner, Pony Express, miner and burro, 20-mule team, stagecoach, train, car and plane. With many famous participants, the water finally arrived at the lowest lake in the U.S, Bad Water Death Valley, and was poured in, thus consummating the Wedding of the Waters.

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Pismo Clams

Huell travels to Pismo Beach -- 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo -- and learns how its famous clams, plentiful in the region at the turn of the century, branded an identity for one of the last classic California beach towns.

 

 

 

 

 

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Scotia

Huell learns about California's early logging industry during a visit to Scotia, located 30 miles south of Eureka on Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Scotia may be the last true company town in America. It was founded as a logging camp in 1883 and is still the home of the Pacific Lumber Company.

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Santa Barbara Island

Travel to Santa Barbara Island, one of the eight Channel Islands, to learn about the history and nature of this beautiful place from its only human resident -- a ranger. Huell actually walks the perimeter of this island to get a feel for this seldom seen part of the Golden State.

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Ships in a Bottle

Huell's off to the Maritime Museum of San Diego to learn about building ships in a bottle, an art form believed to have originated in the 18th century. These tiny masterpieces are also important pieces of Maritime history.

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Santa Rosa Island

The Chumash called it Wimal. To Conquistador Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo it was San Lucas. Today it is known as Santa Rosa, and its 54,000 acres of open land 24 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara is the newest addition to Channel Islands National Park.

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Things Beside The Road

In this episode, a 49er RV park, an air museum, and the Eureka elk catch Huell's eye. He just has to pull off the road to check them out.

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McCloud

Huell visits the historic lumber and railroad town of McCloud, located at the foot of Mt. Shasta, California's second highest mountain. Included in this adventure is a trip on the famous McCloud railroad, a visit to the local swimming hole located in a magnificent natural setting and a tour of the town and its quaint, old buildings.

 

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Porto's Bakery

Porto’s Bakery in Glendale is a family-owned and operated business with roots in Cuba. Join Huell as he samples Cuban sandwiches, guava pastries and decadent cakes.

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Rain Bird

In this episode of California's Gold, Huell explores the history of Rain Bird, a sprinkler manufacturer with a remarkable history beginning with a Glendora citrus farmer named Orton Englehart, who invented the first impact sprinklers in the 1930s. Rain Bird also demonstrates their latest in sprinkler technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Basin

Huell visits Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Established in 1902, it's actually California's oldest State Park and is celebrating its centennial this year. Home to the largest continuous stand of Coast Redwoods south of San Francisco, as well as numerous waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and incredible scenery.

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Pio Pico

Huell learns about the last Governor of Mexican California by visiting Pío Pico State Historic Park. The park is the site of "El Ranchito," the final home of Pío Pico.

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Wind

Some people like it -- to others, it's a nuisance. Something "to come in out of." But like it or not, everyone would agree it's been a part of the history of California since the very beginning. We're talking about wind. And on this particular adventure, host Huell Howser goes in search of some of the most historic and strongest wind around.

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Governor's Mansion

Huell gets a behind-the-scene's look at the Governor's Mansion in Sacramento. We'll get a special tour from Kathleen Brown who lived in the house as a teenager.

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Sutter's Fort

Huell Howser travels to Sutter's Fort State Historic Park in midtown Sacramento. The Park marks the 1839 settlement that would become our state's capital, and play a major role in California history when gold was discovered nearby in 1848.

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Fern Canyon

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a 14,000 acre sanctuary of old growth coast redwoods, which offers hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store. Join Huell as he hikes to Fern Canyon, one of this state park's most enchanting locations.

 

 

 

 

 

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California Zephyr

Huell revisits the California Zephyr, a magnificent train which traveled between Chicago and Oakland from 1949 to 1970. Huell climbs aboard one of the original restored silver "Vista-Dome" cars and travels through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state, heading west from Lake Tahoe. Huell shares the ride with a group of people who worked on and rode the original Zephyr.

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Yosemite Railroad

In this episode, Huell rides the historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad in Yosemite.

 

 

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Trees of Mystery

The giant statue of Paul Bunyan greets visitors to this family run road-side attraction that has been open since the 1930's. Join host Huell Howser as he get a tour through some of the most amazing Redwoods in California, but its not just any old walking tour where you stare up at these impossibly tall trees; its a SkyTrail, which is basically a ski lift which gets you at tree-top level giving you an amazing new view.

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