Huell takes viewers back in time to see the Gladding McBean way of making pottery. Their factory in Lincoln is 118-years-old and is the nation's only major manufacturer of terra cotta. Their pottery has numerous uses, from practical to beautiful.
California has two rarely seen natural wonders. In the White Mountains, the oldest, continuously living thing on Earth is the Bristlecone Pine. And, deep in the rocky terrain of Yosemite National Park is the Le Conte Falls.
Host Huell Howser visits Bodie, a ghost town in the eastern Sierras. Included: a tour of the abandoned buildings; a talk with a local librarian to learn about the town's history. Also: a visit to Mono Lake.
The Mojave Desert is both sizzling and beautiful. Visit some little known desert destinations: Amboy (nestled on Route 66), historic homesteads, sand dunes, an extinct volcano, and a historic train depot.
This episode examines two obscure California ties to WWII. First, a German-made crane rests in the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Second, a little known incident occurred in Ellwood in 1942 involving a Japanese submarine.
The pioneer town of Allensworth, a community founded and governed by African-Americans from 1908 to 1918. Also: Kernville, relocated in the 1950s to allow for the creation of Lake Isabella. Huell Howser is the program host.
Angel Island is a heavenly place, full of beuatiful natural greenery. The largest island in San Francisco Bay also has a military history. This episode examines the detention of Chinese immigrants from 1910-1940.
Arguably California's most recognized landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge is the focus of this episode. Trace its history and explore incredible amount of maintenance needed to keep the bridge in top condition.
Featured: the 112th Bok Kai Festival in Marysville; a celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthplace in Redlands. Also: Sierra Madre's renowned Wisteria vine, believed to be almost 100 years old. Huell Howser is the host.
Mariachi music is a beautiful art form. Trace its history from Jalisco, Mexico to the streets of L.A. Featured performers include: the student Mariachis of Garfield High School; the roaming musicians on Olvera, First and Boyle streets; and world-renowned Los Camperos de Nati Cano.
Explored: the nearly buried old plank road, once the only route across the "Little Sahara" desert between Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Cal. Also: a reunion of two cavalry units. Huell Howser is the program host.
The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center hosts one of California's oldest and most exciting traditions. Huell traces the history of the Pony Express. Hit the trail with riders at the Pony Express Re-run in Sacramento as present day riders offer a bit of perspective on this Old West tradition.
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