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California's Gold Previous Broadcasts

John Muir (Episode #5005)

V-me: Thu, Jan 27, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Huell goes back in time and visits with John Muir at Yosemite National Park. Muir was America's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist who is often called the father of our National Parks System. In 1892, he founded the Sierra Club to protect the newly created Yosemite National Park. Through his writing and actions, he taught the people of his time, and ours, the importance of experiencing and protecting our natural heritage.

Desert Tower (Episode #5007)

V-me: Mon, Jan 31, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

The Desert View Tower stands 3,000 feet above sea level, three miles east of Jacumba in the Imperial Valley. The four-story, cut-stone structure was built in the 1920s by Bert Vaughn, who owned the town of Jacumba. The pre-highway trek to the Pacific Coast was arduous, so Vaughn thought it appropriate to commemorate the pioneers who struggled across the arid desert. Join Huell as he climbs to the top of the tower to see the spectacular views of the desert below.

Tuolumne Meadows (Episode #5006)

V-me: Fri, Jan 28, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Huell visits Yosemite's high country for a walk through spectacular Tuolumne Meadows.

Important Places (Episode #604)

KQED 9: Fri, Jan 28, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Huell travels to two significant but little-known places. First, he gets a tour of the fields of Camp Pendelton near San Diego, where for a period of time in the mid-1970s thousands of Vietnamese refugees lived in a large tent city - their first stop after fleeing their war-torn homeland. Next, Huell visits the Sherman Institute High School, an off-reservation boarding house for Native Americans that has educated students for almost a century.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Fri, Jan 28, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Olives and Berries (Episode #603)

KQED 9: Thu, Jan 27, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

The adventures starts in the olive groves of the San Joaquin Valley as Huell watches olives being picked the same painstaking way they have been for over a century. The action then moves to Ontario as he gets the "up-close and personal" tour of the Graber Olive House, which has been preparing their product nearly the same old-fashioned way for over a century.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Thu, Jan 27, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Old-Fashioned Harvest (Episode #5004)

V-me: Wed, Jan 26, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Huell attends a lively recreation of an old-fashioned harvest near Modesto where the participants use vintage equipment and farming techniques while dressed in authentic attire.

Huts and Hangars (Episode #602)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 26, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Join Huell as he visits the largest wooden buildings in the world - the blimp hangars of Tustin. Designated National Historic Landmarks, these buildings were constructed at the beginning of WWII as the home base of huge Navy blimps which patrolled the west coast looking for enemysubmarines. Huell visits with the original WWII blimp pilots and then takes us to some smaller structures - Quonset huts - which were also built during WWII and used as barracks, shops, classrooms and offices.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Wed, Jan 26, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Pismo Clams (Episode #5003)

V-me: Tue, Jan 25, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Huell travels to Pismo Beach on the coast 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo, and learns how its famous clams, plentiful in the region at the turn of the century, did their part in creating an image for one of the last of the classic California beach towns.

Weedpatch (Episode #601)

KQED 9: Tue, Jan 25, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

During the dust bowl era of the 1930's, "Okies" headed west in search of a new life, and many of these migrants ended up in federal work camps. John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was based on these camps. One of the original, the Arvin Federal Work Camp or "Weedpatch," is still being used today and is situated off Highway 99 in Kern County. Huell visits with past and present residents of Weedpatch and looks at some very rare archive film and photographs dating from the 1930s.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Tue, Jan 25, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Squeegee (Episode #5002)

V-me: Mon, Jan 24, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

The squeegee was such a simple invention, but like Kleenex and Jell-O, its name has become synonymous with all rubber-bladed window cleaners. Join Huell Howser as he visits the Ettore Corporation in Oakland to learn first-hand about squeegees developed in 1936 by Ettore Steccone.

Quilts (Episode #5001)

V-me: Fri, Jan 21, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

California's rich history has been documented in many ways, but the tradition of quilting is an expression of California life through beautiful and intricate pieces of art. Join Huell as he visits an exhibit of California quilts covering 100 years of history, and meets the Foothill Quilters, who keep the quilting tradition alive.

Keeping Cool (Episode #512)

KQED 9: Fri, Jan 21, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Californians have done everything imaginable to keep cool in their blistering deserts. Join Huell as we look at two ways of cooling off: first, in the amazing old "desert submarines" of Indio County, and at the honest-to-goodness oasis near Palm Springs.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Fri, Jan 21, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Mattress (Episode #4013)

V-me: Thu, Jan 20, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Join Huell Howser as he visits the McRoskey Airflex Mattress Company in San Francisco. The McRoskey family has been manufacturing mattresses since 1899 and they still make them in much the same way as they did back then--and they are all assembled by hand. The McRoskeys have even keep a record of every mattress sold dating back to 1921.

On Stage (Episode #511)

KQED 9: Thu, Jan 20, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Visit two unique outdoor California theaters with long traditions of their own. First stop is the Spreckles Organ in San Diego, the world's largest outdoor organ. Weekly summer concerts have been an event there since 1915. Then we travel to the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, where the unique art form tableaux vivants, or "living pictures," is practiced to amazing effect.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Thu, Jan 20, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Manzanar (Episode #4012)

V-me: Wed, Jan 19, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of 10 camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during WWII. It is located at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevadas in the Owens Valley. Huell Howser is joined by experts and internees to learn about the camp's complex history. And although little remains of the camp itself, Huell discovers a permanent reminder of the internees' detention - their names etched in concrete.

Nitt Witt Ridge (Episode #4011)

V-me: Tue, Jan 18, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Huell Howser travels to the Central Coast in search of Nitt Witt Ridge, an unusual state historical landmark in Cambria Pines. Built from cement and found objects like bottle caps, toilet seats and abalone shells, this folk art home was lovingly built by self-taught artist Art Beal over a period of fifty years.

Turtle Bay Museum (Episode #4010)

V-me: Mon, Jan 17, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Paying tribute to the Sacramento River watershed, its natural inhabitants, regional culture and human history, the Turtle Bay Museum in Redding is the center point of Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The park is an evolving 300-acre campus featuring a riverside forest, a butterfly house, a Forest Amphitheatre and direct access to Redding's 16 miles of scenic walking trails. Huell Howser learns firsthand about the educational and entertaining activities that interpret the relationship between humans and nature.

Corona Road Race (Episode #4009)

V-me: Fri, Jan 14, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

In the early 1900s Corona was known for its citrus, and even dubbed "The World's Lemon Capitol." Legend has it that Corona was laid out to resemble a wagon wheel with Grand Boulevard as the rim. This circular street is still probably one of the most unusual thoroughfares in the world, and from 1913 to 1916 it was even used as a racetrack. Join Huell Howser as he steps back in time to recreate the Corona Road Races complete with vintage race cars and even an attendee from the 1916 race.

Kelp (Episode #510)

KQED 9: Fri, Jan 14, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

One of California's biggest and most beautiful forests is one we never see - the incredible kelp forests off our coast. Travel with Huell from Monterey to San Diego to see how kelp grows, how it is harvested and how it finds its way into the common foods we eat.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Fri, Jan 14, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Missing San Francisco (Episode #4008)

V-me: Thu, Jan 13, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

The Berkeley, an 1898 steam ferryboat operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay, and now has a loving home at the San Diego Maritime Museum. Likewise, the organ from the Fox Theatre has a new life entertaining audiences at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. Join Huell Howser as he retraces the journeys of these two items from their beginnings in San Francisco.

Under California (Episode #509)

KQED 9: Thu, Jan 13, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Trace the lives of two men whose unique dreams in the early part of the century helped them to create two of our state's most amazing buried treasures. First, we visit the Underground Gardens of Baldasare Forestiere - an incredible labyrinth of tunnels, courtyards and vines. Next, we visit the Burro Schmidt Tunnel, where for 50 years an early pioneer of the Mojave dug a 2000-foot tunnel through a mountain.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Thu, Jan 13, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Drawbridge (Episode #4007)

V-me: Wed, Jan 12, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Drawbridge is a small, marshy island at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. People started going there in 1876 for the excellent hunting and fishing. By the early 20th Century, Drawbridge had become a full time community for a handful of families. It had also become something of a weekend resort. By the 1940s, pollution in the bay and urbanization nearby had destroyed most of the island's hunting and fishing. Today, Drawbridge is a ghost town of gray, weathered buildings sinking into the bay, and is part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Huell goes back to Drawbridge with some of the original inhabitants and gets a very special tour.

L.A. to San Francisco Bay (Episode #203)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 12, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

A look at a national landmark, the Watts Towers, and its adjacent Arts Center where children learn to create their own masterpieces; travel to the "City by the Bay" to discover what lies behind their obsession with sourdough bread and watch how the bread is made.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Wed, Jan 12, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Fire Steamer (Episode #4006)

V-me: Tue, Jan 11, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Huell travels to the 2002 National SPAAMFAA Winter Convention in San Bernardino. SPAAMFAA stands for "Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America." This get together was a wonderful place to get glimpse of our state's fire- fighting history. There were all kinds of apparatus from small hand pumpers to elaborate steam driven engines from the turn of the century. The highlight of the day was Dave Hubert's lovingly restored rig, the "Reno #1," which served the city of Reno, Nevada from 1902 to 1922. Dave pulled out all the stops and did a "full steam" and a run behind special horses that are trained just for this purpose.

Hard to Get To (Episode #411)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 11, 2005 -- 12:29 PM

A unique adventure to two of California's rarely seen natural wonders: the Bristlecone Pine, the oldest, continuously living thing on this planet found in the White Mountains of the Eastern Sierra, and magnificent Le Conte Falls deep in the rocky and steep terrain of Yosemite National Park.

Erle Stanley Gardner (Episode #4005)

V-me: Mon, Jan 10, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

The City of Temecula is nestled in a lush valley about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Southwest Riverside County, just north of the San Diego County line. Besides a thriving wine industry, significant mission history and the distinction of being on the Butterfield Stage route, Temecula was also home to Erle Stanley Gardner. The lawyer-turned-writer, best known for bringing Perry Mason to life through novels, radio, film and television settled in Temecula on a 3000 acre ranch he dubbed "Rancho del Paisano." Remaining there from 1937until his death in 1970, he was an inexhaustible writer sometimes dictating 5000 words to one of his four secretaries before breakfast. He also indulged his outdoorsman spirit by exploring the rugged ranch with his dogs. Join Huell as he strolls the grounds of the former home of Erle Stanley Gardner accompanied by a longtime ranch manager, one of Gardner's secretaries and Gardner's 99-year-old widow, Jean.

Sub-Net (Episode #4004)

V-me: Fri, Jan 7, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

It's huge, metal and reaches across the Golden Gate, but it's not a bridge. Join Huell as he visits the site of the WWII antisubmarine net built to keep Japanese subs out of San Francisco. Long before the Tiburon Sub-Net Depot was there, this small piece of land across the bay from San Francisco had many incarnations. Among them were: home to Native Americans, an original Spanish Ranchero, the largest Codfish drying plant on the west coast, a coaling station for the Navy, and it was where the cables for the Golden Gate Bridge were spun. In fact, if you look closely at low tide, you can still see them. Come on along with us as we get an up-close look at this little, but important, piece of California's Gold.

Santa Barbara Island (Episode #508)

KQED 9: Fri, Jan 7, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Travel to Santa Barbara Island, one of the eight Channel Islands, to learn about the history and nature of this beautiful place from its only human resident-a ranger. Huell actually walks the perimeter of this island to get a feel for this seldom seen part of the Golden State.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Channel 9: Fri, Jan 7, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Fire Lookout (Episode #4003)

V-me: Thu, Jan 6, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Travel with Huell to Sequoia National Forest to visit historic Buck Rock Fire Lookout. Established in the early 1900s, Buck Rock Lookout was one of the first fire detection locations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The current lookout building, constructed in 1923, is historically significant as a representation of the earliest live-in towers in California. Huell climbs 172 stairs to an elevation of 8500 feet to interview the woman who currently staffs the lookout through the fire season, and to learn what it's like to live perched on the edge of a cliff! We'll also visit with a woman who staffed the lookout for many years in the '40s.

First Theater (Episode #2001)

KQED 9: Thu, Jan 6, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Huell goes in search of California's "First Theater." As usual, nothing is simple in California because there are actually two first theaters. From Monterey to Sacramento we uncover California's theater history. Huell starts his search in Monterey at "California's First Theater." An English sailor by the name of Jack Swan completed his saloon/ boarding house in 1847 and very quickly US soldiers stationed in Monterey where putting on shows in his building. The building went through many incarnations over the years until 1937 when it was re-opened as a theater. The Troupers of the Gold Coast (the oldest continually performing theatrical company in the world) have been entertaining audiences ever since. Huell gets a tour and sees a performance in California's first first theater. Next, it's off to Sacramento to California's second first theater, the Eagle Theater. Mr. Zadock Hubbard and Mr. Gates Brown, owners of the Round Tent Saloon located on J Street near the corner of Front Street, financed the construction of the Eagle Theater in 1849, to provide entertainment for the hordes of miners and emigrants coming to Sacramento during the Gold Rush. Construction began in July and the building was completed by September 1849. Huell gets a wonderful tour and again we get to see a performance on a very historic stage.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Thu, Jan 6, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Modjeska House (Episode #4002)

V-me: Wed, Jan 5, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

Huell visits the historic home and gardens of Helena Modjeska, still considered Poland's most famous Shakespearean actress, and a star of the 19th-century American stage. Named Arden by Modjeska and her husband, the two settled in Santiago Canyon in Orange County in 1888. The estate they built, surrounded by oaks and running brooks, has been faithfully preserved. The Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens is one of only two National Historic Landmarks in Orange County and is open to the public for tours.

California Flowers (Episode #506)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 5, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Every spring, California blooms anew, bringing forth a striking display of flowers. Huell visits three places across the state where the splendor of California is in full bloom: Daffodil Hill in the Gold Country, the ranunculas of Carlsbad Ranch, and the California Poppy Reserve in Antelope Valley-all amazing vistas where swaths of color stretch as far as the eye can see.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Wed, Jan 5, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

White House (Episode #4001)

V-me: Tue, Jan 4, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

How does Huell tour the White House and the Oval Office without ever leaving California? He travels to Hobby City in Anaheim and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. The Hobby City Doll and Toy Museum contains literally thousands of dolls of all eras and styles, but it's what's outside that caught Huell's attention. Join Huell when he meets the "First Lady" of this exact, half-scale replica of the White House. Then travel to the Oval Office with Huell as he gets a guided tour of most important office in the world, or at least a copy of it, located in The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

California's State Parks (Episode #505)

KQED 9: Tue, Jan 4, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Explore two of California's most interesting State Parks: the Providence Mountain State Recreation Area, located in the Eastern Mojave Desert, to see the famous Mitchell Caverns Nature Reserve; and the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park in the Sierra Nevadas, where we see a Miwok Indian legacy, in a vast rock covered with thousands of grinding pits.

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  • KQED Channel 9: Tue, Jan 4, 2005 -- 2:00 PM

Trees (Episode #3013)

V-me: Mon, Jan 3, 2005 -- 2:30 PM

As we all know, California has some spectacular scenery and our great variety of trees makes up a large part of it. In this adventure, Huell visits three "big" trees that are a great example of California's Gold.
First Huell travels to Santa Barbara to see the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Given to a little girl as a gift from an Australian seaman, the sapling was planted in 1876. That little sapling is now the largest Moreton Bay Fig in the continental U.S. The tree is 42 feet around its base, 80 feet tall and has a branch spread of 176 feet.
Next it's off to Temecula and the former ranch of Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason Novels. On this spot stands the largest California Live Oak in the world. It stands 96 feet tall, with a trunk circumference of 20 feet and a branch spread of 590 feet. It is estimated to be at least 800 years old. This tree is so big that most people think it is a grove of trees.
We end the show in Kings Canyon National Park at the General Grant Tree. This tree is the third largest tree in the world. It stands 267 feet tall and is 2000 years old. What makes this tree so special is that it is our nation's official Christmas tree. The tree was officially dedicated on April 28, 1926 by President Calvin Coolidge. Ever since 1926, people from the community and visitors from around the world have trekked to the tree at Christmas time to celebrate our nation and the spirit of the holidays.

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