27. Calico Ghost Town

Ghost towns dot the American Southwest, and many are said to be haunted. But Calico is the only one that is haunted by the ghost of a dog that delivers mail. In this episode, Matt considers how our often self-contradicting views of the Old West tell us something about how we view ourselves in the modern world. 

This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.

Cover photo was taken by the Ghosthropologist himself circa 2012

The transcript for this episode can be found here.

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Show Notes and Sources


The Daily Bulletin     https://www.dailybulletin.com/2015/03/30/calico-ghost-town-is-a-glimpse-of-the-wild-west/

Daily Press       https://www.vvdailypress.com/story/lifestyle/travel/2020/10/11/beyers-byways-haunted-calico/5957604002/

The Desert Way     https://www.thedesertway.com/calico-ca/

Legends of America     https://www.legendsofamerica.com/ca-calico/

Paranormal California       http://paranormalcalifornia-janism-j.blogspot.com/2011/08/ghosts-of-calico-ghost-town.html

Visit Greater Palm Springs     https://www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/blog/post/calico-ghost-town/

Cataldo, Nick. 2006. The Earp Clan: The Southern California Years. Back Roads Press, Hesperia, CA. 

2017. How San Bernardino and Tombstone share a unique bond. The Sun (San Bernardino Sun). June 26, 2017. Accessed online on 9/8/21 at  https://www.sbsun.com/2017/06/26/how-san-bernardino-and-tombstone-share-a-unique-bond/

Gold, Scott. 2001. Fire Destroys Part of Calico Ghost Town. Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2001. Accessed online 9/9/21 at https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jul-25-me-26379-story.html

Finucane, David J. 2001. Historical Introduction: The Example of Early Modern and Nineteenth-Century England. In Hauntings and Poltergeists, Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Edited by James Houran and Rense Lange. 

Hauk, Dennis William. 2002. Haunted Places: The National Directory: Ghostly Abodes, Sacred Sites, UFO Landings and Other Supernatural Locations. Penguin Books, NY.

Hanks, Michele. 2015. Haunted Heritage: The Cultural Politics of Ghost Tourism, Populism, and the Past. Routledge, London.

Roberts, George and Jan Roberts. 2004. Discover Historic California (sixth edition). Gem Guides, Baldwin Park, CA. 

Summons, Trevor. 2015. Calico Ghost Town is a glimpse of the Wild West. The Sun (San Bernardino Sun). June 26, 2017. Accessed online on 9/8/21 at  https://www.dailybulletin.com/2015/03/30/calico-ghost-town-is-a-glimpse-of-the-wild-west/

If you have a story about a ghost, some bit of folklore, or anyting else you want to share, please contact me.

Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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