California's Gold - Season 2

PBS Premiered Jan 01, 1991 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Cornish Christmas
    Cornish Christmas
    Episode 14
    The descendants of the Cornish Carol Choir of Grass Valley relive a 1940 concert that was broadcast nationally. It was 2,000 feet below ground in a gold mine.
  • East-Side Reservoir
    East-Side Reservoir
    Episode 13
    The new East Side Reservoir is four miles southwest of Hamet. Huell researches the increasing population and the toll it has on the Colorado River. The Reservoir is a huge construction project (4.5 miles long and 2 miles wide). It is a man-made project, now California's largest lakes.
  • Nisei Parade and Little Tokyo
    The history of Japanese Americans in downtown L.A. is fascinating. Celebrate the annual Nisei Parade. Experience a traditional tea ceremony. And, observe ikebana (flower arranging) and bonsai exhibits.
  • Mono Lake
    Mono Lake
    Episode 11
    America has its share of beautiful lakes, but Mono is not only beautiful. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the lake is famous for its unusual tufa (calcium carbonate formations).
  • Bodie
    Episode 10
    This episode is devoted to Bodie, a state historic park devoted to preserving the wild west. Bodie a large and well-preserved example of a classic ghost town.
  • Things That Crawl in the Night
    At the Carrizo Plain Natural Area, visitors can see the endangered kangaroo rat. The Natural Area is regarded as the gold standard example of the fragile ecosystem in the San Joaquin Valley. At Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, nature puts on a show with the annual grunion run.
  • A Tale of Two Cities
    During the 1900s, Allensworth was the only community governed by African-Americans. Tour this historic state park. Kernville has residents telling their stories. And, one of the swiftest rivers in the nation is Kern River. Experience whitewater rafting on this wild and scenic waterway.
  • Buildings
    Episode 7
    Examine some of California's most beloved edifices. Visit the Bayliss Branch Library, the only functioning Carnegie library that is completely rural. Travel to the Twenty-nine Palms Old Schoolhouse. And, enjoy a meal at the Apple Pan in L.A., a diner that has been serving hickory burgers since 1947.
  • Community Celebrations
    California's oldest parade is the Bok Kai parade; full of lion dancers, dragons, and loud firecrackers. The world's largest blossoming plant is the Sierra Madre Wisteria vine. The Redlands host an Abraham Lincoln Memorial Shrine, the only one of its kind wst of the Mississippi.
  • Blossom Trails
    Blossom Trails
    Episode 5
    California's agricultural heartland resides in Fresno County. While there, visit the Blossom Trail. In historic Reedley, the Mennonite Quilt Center has volunteers that make gorgeous hand-sewn quilts. A local landmark is the Armenian restaurant where they serve keyma. And at the Camden Cafe, observe the world's longest running game of pinochle.moreless
  • Singing Cowboys
    Singing Cowboys
    Episode 4
    On this episode, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (joined by Trigger) sing their most famous song. Herb Jeffries starred in the black westerns of the 1930s. Oakland hosts the 17th annual Black Cowboy Parade.
  • Devil's Jaw
    Devil's Jaw
    Episode 3
    The most dangerous place on the California coast is called the "Devil's Jaw." Visit La Purisima, a California mission, that has been converted to a historic state park.
  • Closer Look
    Closer Look
    Episode 2
    The El Centro sand dunes have portions of wooden plank roads. The road once stretched from Imperial County to Arizona. Also, visit a Camp Lockett reunion, where members of the last mounted Army unit gather to reminisce.
  • Gold Country
    Gold Country
    Episode 1
    Bidwell Bar Day at Lake Oroville offers an opportunity to pan for gold, sing pioneer ditties, and eat authentic food from the Gold-Mining era. Also, visit the Red Church in Sonora–a picture perfect landmark in the center of town. Finally, a restored gold mining town in Tuolumne County has a unique source of pride at the Annual Poison Oak show.moreless
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