California's Gold - Season 6

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  • McCloud
    McCloud
    Episode 12
    4/29/14
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    A tour of McCloud, a former lumber town near Mt. Shasta. Included: a swim in a local swimming hole; a ride on the McCloud River Railroad. Hosted by Huell Howser.
  • Japanese Tea Garden
    Japanese Tea Garden
    Episode 12
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    Located in San Francisco, the Tea Garden is the oldest Japanese style garden in the U.S. Huell tours the garden's paths, bridges, and beautiful greenery. Descendants of the original founders share the garden's rich history.
  • Folsom Prison
    Folsom Prison
    Episode 11
    4/28/14
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    A tour of Folsom Prison includes a look at the prison's first death row; the chapel; and the China Hill garden, which is maintained by prisoners. Hosted by Huell Howser.
  • Santa Rosa Island
    Santa Rosa Island
    Episode 11
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    Also known as San Lucas or Wimal, this 54,000 acre island is the newest addition to the Channel Islands National Park. Huell visits a working ranch, started and maintained by the same family for years. He gets to see the old west through the eyes of island cowboys.
  • Zephyr
    Zephyr
    Episode 10
    4/25/14
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    Recalling the California Zephyr train, which ran from Oakland to Chicago for 21 years before discontinuing service in 1970. Host: Huell Howser.
  • San Juan Bautista
    San Juan Bautista
    Episode 10
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    Located three miles off of Highway 101, San Juan Bautista has served California as a crossroads for years. From Mutsune Indians and Franciscan padres to outlaws and other crazies, the town is an important part of California history. The Mission still dominates the scenic countryside, and Huell tours the still functioning church. He also visits the town and interviews local historians and prominent citizens.moreless
  • Oil
    Oil
    Episode 9
    4/8/14
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    A look at oil in the state includes visits to the West Kern Oil Museum, and the site of the Lakeview Gusher in Taft. Also: the Mobil Oil facilities in Bakersfield. Hosted by Huell Howser.
  • Camels and Bison
    Camels and Bison
    Episode 9
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    Two exotic animals that aren't supposed to be in California are the subject of this episode. First, on Catalina Island, Huell searches for the descendants of 14 buffalo that were brought to the island in 1924 for a silent movie. Next, Huell visits the Ft. Tejon State Historic Park. While there, he looks for camels used by the U.S. Army in the 1850's. The army was convinced that the animals would increase their transport ability across the desert. "The Great Camel Experiment" marks a unique moment in California military history.moreless
  • Center of California
    4/7/14
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    A search for the center of the state, with help from geologists, geographers and historians. Host: Huell Howser.
  • Dry Lake Bed
    Dry Lake Bed
    Episode 8
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    In the Mojave desert, there is a dry lake bed. The bed is so big that it is the site of the Edwards Air Force Base and a space shuttle landing. In the 1920s and 30s, it was used by hot-rodders to race their fast cars. Since WW II, Muroc Dry Lake has been off-limits. But, recently, the Air Force nvited back racers for a weekend of car enthusiasm.moreless
  • Scotty's Castle
    Scotty's Castle
    Episode 7
    4/22/14
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    Scotty's Castle in Death Valley, the Spanish-style mansion built by Walter E. Scott and Albert M. Johnson in the late 1920s. Host: Huell Howser.
  • Neat Houses
    Neat Houses
    Episode 7
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    Huell searches for interesting homes in the state of California. Kathleen Brown gives Huell a tour of the former Governor's Mansion (home to 13 first families). Next, Huell hikes 3,500 feet in the Sierra foothills to a small wooden cabin, one time inhabited by Ivy Elster, a hermit.
  • Life in Death Valley
    4/21/14
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    Death Valley, the hottest point in the U.S., reveals its flora and fauna, including the desert pupfish and desert wildflowers. Host: Huell Howser.
  • Yosemite Firefall
    Yosemite Firefall
    Episode 6
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    The Yosemite Firefall is a lost California tradition. From 1872 to 1969, embers fell off Glacier Point to create a waterfall of fire. Huell interviews Nic Fiore, the last man to create the effect. Next, Huell visits Camp Curry, a spot built for viewing the incredible effect. While there, he talks to Keith and Ginny Bee who ran an outdoor theater devoted to the nightly show for 42 years.moreless
  • Hidden Gold
    Hidden Gold
    Episode 5
    4/18/14
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    Archaeologists search for remains in La Brea Tar Pits; and artifacts at the San Diego Presidio, the state's first European settlement.
  • Suisun Bay
    Suisun Bay
    Episode 5
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    "The Mothball Fleet," housed in Suisun Bay, is one of the strangest groups of ships you'll see. Hundreds of vessels, tubs to tankers, are chained together as part of our National Defense Reserve Fleet. Huell tours some of the historic ships that tell the story of the State's and the Nation's naval past.moreless
  • Important Places
    Important Places
    Episode 4
    4/17/14
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    Vietnamese return to Camp Pendleton, a tent city for war refugees in the 1970s. Also: a visit to a boarding school for Native Americans that also serves as a museum.
  • Mare Island
    Mare Island
    Episode 4
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    The Mare Island Naval Shipyard has served the nation for 142 years but is now scheduled to be shut down. Huell takes one of the last tours of the base. He interviews former workers who show him around. Sites he visits include: the dry dock, a sailors' graveyard, officer's Row, and the first naval chapel on the West coast.moreless
  • Olives & Berries
    Olives & Berries
    Episode 3
    4/16/14
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    A visit to the olive groves of the San Joaquin Valley and Riverside County. Also: Knott's Berry Farm. Huell Howser is the program host.
  • California Firsts
    California Firsts
    Episode 3
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    Huell takes a look at the true story behind some of California's legendary firsts: The story behind the first gold discovery, the site of the first oil strike, and innovation in electricity.
  • Hut & Hangars
    Hut & Hangars
    Episode 2
    4/15/14
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    A visit to the blimp hangars of the Marine Corp Air Station in Tustin. Also: the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Port Hueneme. Huell Howser is the host.
  • California Pools
    California Pools
    Episode 2
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    One of California's defining icons is the swimming pool. Huell tours five pools that have historical significance. Huell starts in L.A. by visiting the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the L.A. Coliseum's Olympic Pool. Traveling north, Huell visits Hearst Castle's Neptune pool. Finally, Huell ends in San Francisco where he visits two lost pools: the Sutro Baths and the Fleishhacker pool.moreless
  • Weedpatch
    Weedpatch
    Episode 1
    4/4/14
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    A visit to the Arvin Federal Migratory Labor Camp in Kern County, the model for John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath." Included: a reunion of original 1930s migrant workers.
  • Lighthouse
    Lighthouse
    Episode 1
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    The St. George Reef Lighthouse is not a common destination for Californians. Huell must be airlifted to the abandoned 142 foot structure. He has a real adventure in the "wave washed" lighthouse.
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