California's Gold - Season 3

PBS Premiered Jan 01, 1991 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Nisei Parade & Little Tokyo
    A festival in Los Angeles that celebrates Japanese-American heritage. Included: taiko drummers; Ondo dancers; a bonsai expert. Host: Huell Howser.
  • Terra Cotta
    Terra Cotta
    Episode 12
    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.
  • Mono Lake
    Mono Lake
    Episode 11
    Explored: Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierras, whose unusual features include high salinity and calcium-carbonate formations called tufa. Huell Howser is the program host.
  • Hard To Get To
    Hard To Get To
    Episode 11
    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.
  • Bodie
    Episode 10
    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.
  • Amboy
    Episode 10
    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.
  • Things That Crawl in the Night
    A trip to San Pedro to observe grunion, a fish that spawns on land. Also: the San Joaquin Valley's kangaroo rats; Native American pictograph art; Soda Lake. Huell Howser is the program host.
  • World War II
    World War II
    Episode 9
    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.
  • A Tale of Two Cities
    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
    Angel Island
    Episode 8
    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.
  • Buildings
    Episode 7
    The Bayliss Branch Library, a rural library built in Glenn County; the Twentynine Palms Old Schoolhouse in Riverside County; and the Apple Pan restaurant in Los Angeles.
  • Golden Gate Bridge
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Episode 7
    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.
  • Community Celebrations
    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
    Episode 6
    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.
  • Blossom Trail
    Blossom Trail
    Episode 5
    The flowering trees of Fresno County; a fourth-generation family-operated fruit stand. Also: host Huell Howser plays pinochle at the Camden Cafe.
  • Our State's Front Yard
    Capitol Park is California's official front and back yard. While there, visitors can see azaleas, huckleberry, 100-year-old cedar trees, and a Memorial Grove of trees from Civil War battlegrounds.
  • Singing Cowboys
    Singing Cowboys
    Episode 4
    The Roy Rogers Museum in Victorville. Also: singing cowboy Herb Jeffries is interviewed.
  • Joshua Tree
    Joshua Tree
    Episode 4
    The Joshua Tree is a remarkable symbol of the Mojave Desert. Visit one of the oldest examples in California. Huell talks with a man, who as a child, lived in seclusion on a ranch.
  • Devil's Jaw
    Devil's Jaw
    Episode 3
    Included: the Pacific Coast's Honda Point; La Purisima Mission in Lompoc. Huell Howser is the program host.
  • Islands
    Episode 3
    The Annual Catalina Ski Race has been happening for over 40 years. Visit San Nicolas, off the California coast. It is a haven for wildlife and beautiful scenery abounds.
  • A Closer Look
    A Closer Look
    Episode 2
    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.
  • Historic Horses
    Historic Horses
    Episode 2
    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.
  • Gold Country Adventure
    Included: Columbia's Poison Oak Show; the suspension bridge over Lake Oroville. Huell Howser is the host.
  • Buried Treasure
    Buried Treasure
    Episode 1
    The coastal town of Guadalupe is where Cecil B. De Mille's set for the epic The Ten Commandments is buried. 2200 feet below ground in Allghany is a place to have an adventure and search for gold.
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