An entertaining look at our state's rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonders, and amazing people. Hosted by Huell Howser.
California's Gold Previous Broadcasts
Scotia (Episode #7002)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell travels to the Northern California logging town of Scotia about 20 miles south of Eureka. It's a historic company town where Huell learns about how this unique community played a vital role in the history of the region and the development of modern forestry.
Mammoths (Episode #7001)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell Howser visits two locations to learn about California's Ice Age history. At the George C. Page Museum in Los Angeles and at Sonoma Coast State Beach the Columbian Mammoths that once roamed our state come to life.
Avocado (Episode #6012)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell heads to Fallbrook in San Diego County to find out about the rich history of Avocados in our state.
Busch Gardens (Episode #6011)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Before there was Disneyland and other large amusement parks, there was Busch Gardens. Huell goes to Pasadena where he literally uncovers the lost and largely forgotten original Busch Gardens, a botanical paradise, which amused visitors from 1905 to 1938.
Bicycles (Episode #6010)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
A look at Los Angeles' bike history with stops at the Pasadena Museum of History, and a Sunday Morning ride back in time as Huell uncovers other important stops in time.
Sidecars (Episode #6009)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
A visit to the 31st Annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally, a get-together of sidecar enthusiasts. It turns out these contraptions that hook on to motorcycles have quite a colorful history and come in all shapes and sizes.
Circus Trees (Episode #6008)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Set within 600 acres of rural countryside in Gilroy, California, Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park combines beautiful gardens, amusement rides and a little bit of history to create a unique attraction. Huell is on a special quest, however, as he searches for the Tree Circus. Bonfante Gardens is home to the last remaining trees created by an extraordinary man who literally wove Sycamores, Box Elders, Ash and Spanish Cork trees into works of art.
Skunk Train (Episode #6007)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Following the coastal "Redwood Route" as it has since 1885, the Skunk Train takes Huell on an inspiring ride through ageless redwoods and over spectacular mountains. It began as a logging train taking valuable lumber to the Mendocino Coast, and now provides passengers a glimpse of history and scenic beauty.
Muybridge (Episode #6006)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell is off to Stanford University to learn about Eadweard Muybridge and his ground breaking photographs of animal locomotion. With the financial help of wealthy Leland Stanford, a former California Governor and founder of Stanford University, Muybridge used multiple cameras to capture innovative images of animals in motion. His venture, which would make contributions to art and science, began in 1872 at Stanford's horse farm in Palo Alto the future site of Stanford University.
L.A. Air Raid (Episode #6005)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell visits the Fort MacArthur Museum in San Pedro to relive the Great Los Angeles Air Raid of February 1942.
Catalina Cubs (Episode #6004)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Chicago millionaire William Wrigley brought excitement to the Catalina Island every year, when his Chicago Cubs baseball team came for spring training each season through the late 1940s. A ball field was built and visitors came from Los Angeles and other California cities to watch the "Catalina" Cubs.
Masonic Cave (Episode #6003)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell's off to Amador county and the town of Volcano. It was once a thriving, gold mining town in the 1850s and 1860s, but Huell has set off to discover the mysterious cave in this mountain community which served as a Masonic lodge.
Sequoia Black History (Episode #6002)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell joins the centennial celebration of Colonel Charles Young's tenure as superintendent at Sequoia National Park. Young led his "Buffalo Soldiers" during a historic summer working in the second national park ever created in the US. Young discovered and named a majestic Giant Sequoia after an individual that inspired and influenced his life, Booker T. Washington. After nearly 100 years, this tree has been rediscovered and stands as a monument to both Colonel Charles Young and Booker T. Washington.
Teardrops (Episode #6001)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Step back in time with Huell as he visits a weekend gathering of classic teardrop trailers. They sleep two, and have a built-in kitchen on the back all in a teardrop shaped trailer a little more than eight feet long. Some were built by various manufacturers, but many were lovingly built or restored by hand from plans in a Popular Science magazine.
Trout (Episode #8012)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell travels to the high sierras on horseback to see how trout are dropped from an airplane into high mountain lakes - a spectacular sight.
Tecate Train (Episode #8011)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell comes to San Diego County to visit the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo and takes a train ride to Tecate, Mexico. He takes a tour of the Tecate beer factory and explores the charming and historical Plaza area in Tecate before returning on the train to San Diego. The expedition rambles through a 20-mile slice of the history of two nations long intertwined.
The Lost Golden Spike (Episode #8010)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
On May 10, 1869, the Last Spike of the Transcontinental Railroad was ceremonially driven into a polished California Laurel railroad tie at Promontory, Utah. Huell learns about its mysterious disappearance and re-discovery and also gets a special sneak preview of this rare artifact on a visit to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and the California State Railroad Museum.
Solano Train Ferry (Episode #8009)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell's off to the San Francisco Bay area to learn about the largest train ferry ever built. The Solano train ferry shuttled trains and passengers back and forth between Port Costa and Benicia. It once served as a vital link in the Central Pacific and later the Southern Pacific Railroad Lines.
Warnor's Theatre (Episode #8008)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
The Warnors Theatre, a Fresno landmark that opened in 1928, houses a pipe organ that is the only one of its kind in the world still performing inside its original theatre. After years of neglect, the future of the theatre was in jeopardy until Frank Caglia bought it in 1973 and returned it to its former luster. Huell hears the Caglia's family story, which intersects with the story of the Warnors Theatre at its opening and is as much a jewel as the theatre itself.
Photoplayer (Episode #8007)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell meets Joe Rinaudo whose passion is a 1926 Fotoplayer, which uses music rolls like those for player pianos to provide music and sound effects to silent films. Joe spent thousands of hours restoring his Fotoplayer and although the "talkies" made them obsolete in the late 1920s, Huell discovers there is still no better way to enjoy a silent movie than with Joe, his hand cranked projector and his Fotoplayer.
Printing Museum (Episode #8006)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell visits the International Printing Museum in Carson, a dynamic museum that takes one of the world's most significant collections of antique printing machinery and brings it to life through working demonstrations and theatre presentations.
Noriega's (Episode #8005)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Huell's off to Noriega's Basque Restaurant in Bakersfield where he not only enjoys an amazing meal, but he is treated to wonderful stories about the Basque culture in the area.
Cotton (Episode #8004)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
California is the fifth largest cotton-producing state, while the San Joaquin Valley is the heart of California cotton country. Huell spends a day in Buttonwillow, which calls itself the "Cotton Capitol of California" and has a great time out in the fields. For historical purposes, he picks cotton the old-fashioned way, and then steps into the future and learns about a new, state-of-the-art cotton gin.