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Huell Howser: Philippe's

In this special one-hour episode, Huell revisits one of the oldest and most colorful restaurants in Los Angeles: Philippe's, the home of the French dip sandwich. Family-owned, Philippe's is a true L.A. institution and was one of Huell's favorites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Basset Hound Picnic

Huell goes to the 1997 Basset Hound Picnic, sponsored by the Basset Hound Club of So. Cal. Watch as the hounds are judged on longest ears, best howl, and saddest face.

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California's Golden Parks

Asilomar

Huell travels to the city of Pacific Grove located on the Monterey Peninsula to visit Asilomar. Meaning “a refuge by the sea,” Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds sits on 107 breathtaking acres. The conference grounds began in 1913 as a camp and conference site for the YWCA, and its historic buildings were designed by the California architect Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst Castle. Today, among other activities, the facility is home to the California State Parks training facility.

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Zzyzx

Huell takes the Zzyzx off-ramp from the I-15 freeway and sees what this iconic exit is all about: from its early history as a Mineral Springs & Health Spa to its current incarnation as the Desert Studies Center.

 

 

 

 

 

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Historic Chickens

A 1916 brochure called the town of Petaluma "The largest poultry center in the world" and up until the sixties, Petaluma was a major player in the world of chickens. In 1915, Petaluma shipped 11,681,134 dozen eggs. Huell travels to Petaluma to attend the annual Butter and Egg Days celebration, which ran from 1916 to 1928 and was brought back in the early eighties. Petaluma pulls out all the stops in this wonderful small town gathering.

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Emperor and the President

Like other states, the hierarchy of California's government begins with our Governor and weaves its way down through offices such as Secretary of State, Attorney General and Senators. What is surprising about California, is that we once had an Emperor and a President.

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Alum Rock

Huell visits Alum Rock Park in San Jose.

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Singing Cowboys

Meet the famous western duo, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, (and Trigger) and hear them sing their trademark song; meet Herb Jeffries who starred in black westerns in the late 1930s; and watch the festive 17th Annual Black Cowboy Parade in Oakland.

 

 

 

 

 

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Columbia Diggins

Once the second largest city in California, Columbia is a wonderfully preserved gold rush-era town, and it’s where Huell attends the annual Columbia Diggin’s celebration.

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Missing San Francisco

The Berkeley is a 1898 steam ferryboat that operated for 60 years on the San Francisco Bay, and now has a loving home at the San Diego Maritime Museum. Likewise, the organ from the Fox Theatre has a new life entertaining audiences at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. Join Huell Howser as he retraces the journeys of these two items from their beginnings in San Francisco.

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Kelso Depot

Huell attends the grand reopening of the Kelso Depot and not only tours the beautifully renovated and restored 1928 building, but talks with locals about its rich history. It’s a true celebration as the Kelso Depot begins its new life as a museum and information center for the Mojave National Preserve.

 

 

 

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World War II

Learn two fascinating, yet obscure, California footnotes to World War II: a German-made crane which is the largest self-propelled floating crane berthed at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, and an incident involving a Japanese submarine that shelled the oil fields of Ellwood in Santa Barbara County in 1942.

 

 

 

 

 

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Camarillo Ranch

Join Huell as he visits the magnificently restored Camarillo Ranch, which was named for “the last Spanish Don”, Adolfo Camarillo, who assumed ownership of the gigantic 10,000 acre ranch in 1880 at the age of 16. The city of Camarillo is named after the charismatic and successful Adolfo, who is known for having bred white horses. Huell takes a special tour of the ranch and “La Casa Grande,” the 6,000 sq. foot Queen Anne Victorian Camarillo built for his wife, Isabella.

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Squeegee

The squeegee was such a simple invention, but like Kleenex and Jell-O, its name has become synonymous with all rubber-bladed window cleaners. Join Huell Howser as he visits the Ettore Corporation in Oakland to learn first-hand about squeegees developed in 1936 by Ettore Steccone.

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California Coastal National Monument

In this adventure, Huell visits the California Coastal National Monument which runs the entire length of the California coast (1,100 miles) between Oregon and Mexico, extends 12 nautical miles from the shoreline, and encompasses thousands of BLM administered islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles above mean high tide. Cooperatively managed with other federal, state, local government, universities, and private interests, the primary purpose of the Monument is to protect important biological and geological values.

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Soap

Huell heads to the Soap Kitchen in Pasadena to learn all about soap-making, from the early history of mixing animal tallow with wood ashes to the mass-market bars of Ivory soap. This adventure will leave you clean all over.

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Center of California

Huell travels in search of the geographic center of our state and in the process visits a whole string of towns that lay claim to being " the center of California." With the help of locals and a cartographer from the U.S. Geological Survey, Huell finally locates the exact spot and marks it by planting a state flag.



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Koi Farm

Huell visits a koi farm and is amazed to see everything that goes into raising these beautiful fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Land Sailing

Huell travels to the Mojave Desert's El Mirage Dry Lake, one of the world's best spots for land sailors. Land Sailing is a sport in which a wheeled vehicle powered by wind moves across land with the aide of a sail. Huell explores the history of this unique tradition and even gets the opportunity to ride a sofa through the desert!



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Tampico Spices

Huell visits Tampico Spice Company and sees how the spices are ground, sifted, and mixed into aromatic blends. He also learns the history of this local institution, which has been run by the Martinez family since 1947.

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Snow Goose Festival

Huell travels to Chico to join the celebration of the arrival of thousands of waterfowl that come from the north to spend their winters in the temperate North Valley climate. Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Pintail Ducks and many more, fill the rice fields and wildlife refuges throughout the area. The Snow Goose Festival has grown to be one of the major Birding and Wildlife events in the state of California and you'll be amazed at the shear beauty of this spectacle.



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Michael Adams

Huell travels north to the Yosemite Valley to meet up with Michael Adams. Michael is the son of Ansel Adams, arguably our countries most famous photographer. They travel through the valley and learn about why this place was so important to Ansel. Huell gets some very personal insight into the mind of Ansel and also learns about the family's early history in Yosemite. The backdrop to this adventure is as good as it gets.



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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.



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Moon Trees

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Golden Knights

Huell has the adventure of a lifetime, skydiving with the world-famous U.S. Army Golden Knights.



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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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Getty Villa

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In 1945, J. Paul Getty acquired his Malibu retreat which now includes a Romanesque gallery full of priceless art. Huell also tours the propety's historically-accurate Ancient Roman crop garden.

Image by Flickr user LU5T, used under a Creative Commons License.

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Big Things in the Desert

We all know our deserts here in California are big. They cover huge areas of our state. And in this episode of "California's Gold," producer/host Huell Howser travels to the desert in search of big things -- and finds them! First, he travels to the Palms Springs area to visit one of six major wind farms in the world. Over 4,000 giant windmills are here -- some almost two hundred feet tall -- making clean, pollution-free energy representing the future of energy production.

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Hearst Castle Landscape

Huell tours the gardens of the world-famous Hearst Castle.



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Windmills

The first stop on our adventure is the Dutch Windmill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, which was built in 1902, at a cost of $ 16,000. It is 75 feet high, and 33 feet in diameter at the base, its sails have a span of 102 feet and it was capable of pumping 30,000 gallons of fresh water per hour from underground to a reservoir on Strawberry Hill. Despite being a great success for a few years (so much so that a second windmill was built), by 1913 electric pumps were introduced, so the windmills began to become obsolete.

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Jack London

Explore Beauty Ranch, once the home of one of California's famous authors, Jack London. Now the estate is part of the Jack London State Historical Park in the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma. It is at this home that London wrote many of his most famous books, including Call of the Wild, White Fang and The Sea Wolf.

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Rocks in the Water

California is full of them. They are located in both fresh and salt water. Some are big and some are small. And they're all part of our state's rich geological and human history. We're talking about rocks in the water! And in this episode host Huell Howser visits three of the most fascinating of these rocks. First, Huell travels to scenic Lake Tahoe and boards a boat to Emerald Bay where he climbs all over Fannette Island, the only island in the entire lake.

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Corona Road Race

In the early 1900s Corona was known for its citrus, and even dubbed " The World's Lemon Capitol." Legend has it that Corona was laid out to resemble a wagon wheel with Grand Boulevard as the rim. This circular street is still probably one of the most unusual thoroughfares in the world, and from 1913 to 1916 it was even used as a racetrack. Join Huell Howser as he steps back in time to recreate the Corona Road Races complete with vintage race cars and even an attendee from the 1916 race.



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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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Ladybugs

Huell goes on a ladybug hunt in a secret location and discovers where ladybugs really come from. You'll be surprised and overwhelmed by what he uncovers.



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Sturgeon's Mill

Huell visits a lumbermill... or is it a working museum? Join Huell, the founders great-grandson and a cast of characters at this historic place.



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Golden Gate Bridge

California's most recognized landmark takes center stage in an episode which focuses on its history (including rare footage of its construction) its beauty, and the incredible maintenance work that goes on daily to keep this towering structure in mint condition.

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Tallyrand

Huell visits a California institution and digs into some tasty food at Tallyrand Restaurant. This popular eatery got its start in 1959 when Al and Delores Thomas opened a small coffee shop on Olive Avenue in Burbank with just $5,000 in hand. Stop in today as they are still serving wonderful food and hospitality.

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Lute Fisk

It seems the most unlikely food to build a celebration around, but Huell partakes in the annual Scandinavian rite of passage -- Lutefisk. At the Sons of Norway Lodge in Van Nuys, Huell watches as members transform smelly, dried, leathery fish into a warm entree. Luckily for some members, there are Swedish meatballs, Norwegian bread, and sweets in addition to the fish.

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Holiday Classic: Poinsettias

Albert Ecke immigrated from Germany to Southern California in 1902 and opened a roadside stall selling fruits and vegetables. By the 1920s his son Paul started selling some of the wild poinsettia plants that grew in the hills above their stall. From these small beginnings, it is now estimated that over 90% of all flowering poinsettias get their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch. Join Huell and Luis as they meet Paul, Paul Jr. & Paul III, who give them a tour of this amazing and brightly colored piece of California's Christmas Gold.



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Japanese Mochi

 

The Japanese New Year tradition of making mochi is alive and well in Southern California. Huell uncovers the labor-intensive process of concocting the rice cake -- also known as "food of the gods" -- that begins with huge pots of steamed rice.

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Holiday Classic: Tuba Christmas

Photo: Charlie Kellogg/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Huell attends an annual holiday concert of traditional songs performed by hundreds of tubas.

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