California's Gold - Season 4

PBS Premiered Jan 01, 1991 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Hard to Get To
    Hard to Get To
    Episode 11
    Visiting remote places, including sections of Yosemite National Park and the slopes of the White Mountains. Huell Howser hosts.
  • Buried Treasure
    Buried Treasure
    Episode 1
    A look at efforts in Santa Barbara County to unearth the set of Cecil B. DeMille's film "The Ten Commandments," which was buried in the desert upon the film's completion. Also: a Sierra County gold mine.
  • Joshua's Tree
    Joshua's Tree
    Episode 4
    A visit to the Joshua Tree National Monument, located where the Mojave and Colorado Deserts meet in Riverside and San Bernadino Counties. Host: Huell Howser.
  • Our State's Front Yard
    Sacramento's Capitol Park, a 40-acre commons surrounding the Capitol building. Included: Memorial Grove, with trees transplanted from Civil War battlefields; an area devoted to indigenous plants and trees.
  • Islands
    Episode 3
    A look at an annual water-ski race from Long Beach to Catalina Island and back. Also: a visit to San Nicolas Island, about 75 miles off the California coast, to observe seals, foxes and gulls. Host: Huell Howser.
  • Historic Horses
    Historic Horses
    Episode 2
    A visit to the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center at California State Polytechnic University (Pomona). Also: a re-creation of a Pony Express run, involving over 500 riders, between Sacramento and St. Joseph, Mo.
  • California Schools
    California Schools
    Episode 14
    You rarely hear about the successes in public education. This episode is dedicated to what is going right in California schools. Huell visits 4 successful schools and learns their secrets: parental involvement, dedicated teachers and administrators, student achievement, and active community members.
  • Special Olympics
    Special Olympics
    Episode 13
    The California Special Olympics bring together children and adults with special needs for training and competition in a variety of sports. Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson is the long time director of the games. Join Huell as the helps celebrate the silver anniversary of this unique event.
  • California's State Parks
    Two of California's state parks are the focus of this episode. Located in the Mojave Desert, the Providence Mountain State recreation Area holds the famous Mitchell Caverns. And, visitors can see the Miwok Indians' legacy at the Indian Grinding Rock.
  • California Flowers
    California Flowers
    Episode 6
    The state is blessed with a striking amount of beautiful blooms. Huell visits three displays of Californian beauty: Daffodil Hill, Carlsbad Ranch, and the Poppy Reserve.
  • San Luis Obispo Train
    It's the 100 year anniversary of the first steam train in this mid-coastal town, and the town is celebrating. Citizens are recreating events of the pass. Huell explores historic tunnels and tressels in a period steam engine.
  • Santa Barbara Island
    Santa Barbara Island is one of eight Channel Islands. It's only human resident is a ranger who shares its beauty and history. Huell physically walks the perimeter of the island.
  • Under California
    Under California
    Episode 9
    This episode takes a look at the lives of two men who created two of California's most amazing buried treasures. Visit the Underground Gardens of Baldasare Forestiere. This labyrinth of courtyards, tunnels, and vines is an amazing spectacle. Next, visit the Burro Schmidt Tunnel. Here, an early Mojave pioneer dug for 50 years into the face of a mountain.moreless
  • Kelp
    Episode 10
    California has a hidden forest. It rests off the coast under the Ocean. Huell travels the coast to learn how kelp grows, how it's harvested, and how it's used.
  • On Stage
    On Stage
    Episode 11
    This episode takes viewers to two unique outdoor theaters. In San Diego, visit the Spreckles Organ–home of the world's largest outdoor organ. Since 1915, visitors have been able to enjoy weekly summer concerts. In Laguna Beach, a unique art form known as the tableaux vivants (living pictures) is practiced at the Pageant of Masters.moreless
  • Keeping Cool
    Keeping Cool
    Episode 12
    California's blistering deserts have inspired some innovative means of keeping cool. Huell examines desert submarines in Indio County. And, then he visits an authentic oasis.
  • Wings Over California
    Fly high over California when Huell visits the Pigeon Courier Service at Avalon. Next, Huell joins the Twenty-Nine Palms Air Academy from World War II. Originally created as the largest glider school in the country, Huell is given the opportunity to soar with some of the original pilots.
  • California Companies
    The California Gold Rush inspired numerous things, but in this episode Huell examines two companies that can trace their roots back the the rush. First, the Studebaker Car Co. was originally a wheelbarrow manufacturer. Then, Huell tours the original Levi Strauss factory. He gets to see fashion history in an early pair of jeans.moreless
  • Water Under Pressure
    Water under pressure has played an important role in California's history. First, Huell visits Malakoff Diggins State Park where miners used water cannons to blast mountains in search of precious metals. While there, Huell examines a man-made valley. Finally, Huell visits California's famous Old Faithful Geyser.
  • Jack London
    Jack London
    Episode 2
    Famous author, Jack London, lived and wrote at Beauty Ranch. The estate is now part of a State Historical Park dedicated to the author.
  • Golden Gate Bridge
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Episode 7
    The Golden Gate Bridge, which opened to traffic in 1937. Included: an elevator ride to the top; comments from construction workers. Host: Huell Howser.
  • Angel Island
    Angel Island
    Episode 8
    A visit to Angel Island park focuses on its history as a detention center for Asian immigrants in the early 1900s and as a Civil War garrison. Huell Howser hosts.
  • World War II
    World War II
    Episode 9
    California in the years during and shortly after WWII. Included: a floating crane taken from Germany as a war reparation; the 1942 shelling of an oil refinery by a Japanese submarine. Huell Howser hosts.
  • Amboy
    Episode 10
    A trip to the Mojave Desert. Visited: a dormant volcano; abandoned homesteads; a town along Route 66; salt flats. Huell Howser is the program host.
  • Terra Cotta
    Terra Cotta
    Episode 12
    The factory of terra-cotta manufacturer Gladding McBean, whose products adorn buildings around the world. Included: the history of the company; comments from employees. Huell Howser hosts.
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