California's Gold - Season 8

PBS Premiered Jan 01, 1991 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Snow and Ice
    Snow and Ice
    Episode 12
    Huell Howser visits a frozen lake in the Sierra Mountains, then travels aboard a train on a journey through scenic winter terrain from Sacramento to Reno. Also: a look at the historic snow sheds that once covered the tracks.
  • Vandenberg
    Episode 11
    A visit to Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, a facility that was known as Camp Cooke in the 1940s, then became a missile training base in the 1950s. Host: Huell Howser.
  • Bits and Pieces
    Bits and Pieces
    Episode 10
    Discoveries include a historic two-story outhouse, acres of cacti, an ostrich farm and a field of marigolds. Huell Howser is the host.
  • Wind
    Episode 9
    The focus is on wind at Point Reyes National Seashore. Also: a visit to the 10-ft. wind tunnel at Pasadena's Cal Tech campus; and a look at wind machines used in movie productions at Burbank's Warner Bros. Studios.
  • Things in the Desert
    Huell travels to California's deserts to see a giant windmill farm, a giant hole, huge trucks, and the Deep Space Network.
  • Mule Days
    Mule Days
    Episode 8
    The town of Bishop celebrates Mule Days with mule races and an annual parade saluting the animal that played a major role during the Gold Rush.
  • See's Candy
    See's Candy
    Episode 8
    Huell gets a first hand history lesson in California's sweetest success story. Mary See started a small candy shop that has grown into an industry. Huell tours the original shop and the manufacturing plant. He gets a taste of a true California legend.
  • Paradise
    Episode 7
    Celebrating Gold Nugget Days in Paradise, the Butte County settlement where a 52-lb. gold nugget was discovered in 1859. Included is a visit to the Gold Nugget Museum; a parade; and a donkey derby. Host: Huell Howser.
  • San Luis Obispo Chinatown
    Huell visits the legendary Chinatown. While there, he meets the son of Ah Louis. Louis ran the main store in Chinatown, this building is the only one still standing in Chinatown. Huell also gets to see a lion dance and here music from Chinatown's golden era. A trip through the local museum rounds out the visit.moreless
  • Slab City
    Slab City
    Episode 6
    In the town of Niland near the Salton Sea, Huell Howser visits with artist Leonard Knight, then tours "Slab City" at an abandoned Marine base, where an unofficial RV park has been established in the desert.
  • China Clipper
    China Clipper
    Episode 6
    Huell examines an important era in California's aviation history. Pan American Airlines established giant seaplanes that flew to the Far East. While only in operation for five years in the 1930's, the giant sailing ships made indelible impressions on California residents in the Bay area. For a few hours, the glory days of these magnificent vessels are relived.moreless
  • Wooden Boats
    Wooden Boats
    Episode 5
    Highlights of Wooden Boat Week at Lake Tahoe include the 24th annual Concours d'Elegance celebration, dedicated to the preservation and restoration of these classic vessels.
  • Delta Queen
    Delta Queen
    Episode 5
    The paddlewheel steamboat, the Delta Queen, takes visitors back in time. It's been declared a National Historic Landmark. Currently traveling on the Mississippi River, Huell travels 2,000 miles to visit the boat that started its life in California. The Queen left California in 1947, so Huell is able to interview California citizens who remember her days in the state.moreless
  • Mt. San Jacinto
    Mt. San Jacinto
    Episode 4
    Examining two engineering wonders in the San Jacinto Mountains: the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and the Colorado River Aqueduct. The tramway was constructed on a steep slope in the 1960s, using a helicopter; and the aqueduct (a 13-mile tunnel) was dug in the 1930s to bring water to Southern California. Host: Huell Howser.moreless
  • Guadalupe
    Episode 4
    The small town of Guadalupe could be a movie set with its picturesque views, lively town and rich farming community. Huell visits with local farmers about the history of the area.
  • Rocks in Water
    Rocks in Water
    Episode 3
    Exploring the granite rock of Fannette Island in the middle of Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay. Also: an assemblage of giant rocks in Northern California's Humbolt Bay; and rocks in the Mojave Desert that were once under water.
  • Blue Angels
    Blue Angels
    Episode 3
    Huell has an in-depth look at the Blue Angels, the Navy' premiere ambassador pilots. Huell is given the opportunity to train with the elite force and actually fly with them.
  • Railcars
    Episode 2
    Exploring California's railroad history, including a look at the human-powered handcar and the motorized railcar "speeder." Also: Huell Howser visits the railroad museum in Old Sacramento for the U.S. National Handcar Races.
  • Coloma
    Episode 2
    On January 24th, 1948, the town of Coloma changed the history of California when James Marshall discovered gold. Huell visits Marshall's State Park and meets a history association that re-enacts that first gold rush.
  • Quicksilver
    Episode 1
    A visit to the Santa Clara Valley town of New Almaden and its quicksilver mine, which began operations in 1845 and was closed in 1976. Host Huell Howser explores the town's rich history.
  • San Miguel Island
    San Miguel Island
    Episode 1
    Huell visits the historic island where Jaun Rodriguez Cabrillo landed. A group of history buffs joins him in costume with boats to re-enact the moment. Huell also visits with Park Rangers and a woman who used to live on the island.