For the past 145 years, the state has celebrated the inauguration of its governor. Huell spends time with Gov. Pete Wilson as he discusses the inauguration festivities. Huell also visits with governors and their families from the past. Overall, this special episode allows the viewer to feel the rich tradition of the inauguration ceremony.moreless
The lumber and railroad town, McCloud, is located at the foot of Mt. Shasta. Huell tours the town's historic and quaint buildings, visits the local swimming hole, and takes an adventurous trip on the McCloud railroad.
This historic jail housed some of California's most notorious criminals. Huell visits Folsom's death row, a chapel with unusual paintings, China Hill, and the graveyard where numerous prisoners have been laid to rest.
The California Zephyr traveled between Chicago and Oakland from 1949 to 1970. Huell climbs aboard the magnificently restored "Vista-Dome" car. He travels across the state, sharing his train ride with a group of people who all had ties to the original Zephyr.
Oil put Kern County on the map. Huell visits the vast Midway-Sunset Field, the top producing field in the lower 48 states. He also visits the Kern Oil Museum in Taft to see a large wooden oil derrick. Huell last stop is the Lakeview Gusher.
Visit the California's geographic center. Along the way, Huell stops at numerous small towns that claim to be the "center." Huell uses a cartographer to find the exact spot and marks it with a state flag.
Walter Scott is a legendary figure in California history. Huell travels to Death Valley to learn about his history. He tours Scott's amazing castle and travels through the barren desert that Scott loved.
Far beneath the surface lays hidden treasure. First, Huell travels to the historic La Brea Tar Pits where dinosaurs have been preserved below. Next, he tours California's version of Plymouth Rock. The Presidio of San Diego is being excavated for amazing relics.
Recalling a courier-pigeon service that operated during the late 1800s, and a school where WWII pilots learned to fly gliders. Included: host Huell Howser takes a flying lesson and releases a pigeon carrying a message.
Huell visits two important but relatively unknown places. First, he tours the fields at Camp Pendleton where Vietnamese refugees lived in the mid 1970s. Then, Huell travels to Sherman Institute High School-a boarding school for Native Americans.
Profiles of Levi Strauss (1829-1902) and John M. Studebaker (1833-1917), whose careers began as a result of the gold rush. Included: a visit to the oldest Levi Strauss & Co. manufacturing plant. Huell Howser hosts.
California families turn crops into empires. Huell visits the olive orchards in the San Joaquin Valley. He also travels with the Graber family to their olive processing plant. Next, Huell learns how the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park was inspired from one woman's recipes.
Huell tours the largest wooden buildings in the world. The US Marine Air Station at Tustin hosts vast blimp hangars. Next, he visits the Seabee Naval Museum. He also visits the Marine Base at Camp Pembleton. While there, he gets a look at the history of the quonset hut.
Immortalized by John Steinbeck in the Grapes of Wrath, the weedpatch camp was a home for Okies fleeing the dustbowl. Weedpatch was a federal labor camp that now houses Latinos. Huell visits the camp and talks to current and previous residents.
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