California's Gold Season 1
S01 E01Aug 27, 1990
Special Olympics Aug 27, 1990 For a quarter of a century the California Special Olympics have brought together thousands of children and adults with mental retardation for sports training and competition. Huell joins Olympic gold Medalist Rafer Johnson, the long time director of these games, at this very moving Silver Anniversary Special Olympics at UCLA.
S01 E02Dec 1, 1993
California Schools Dec 1, 1993 There are literally countless success stories in our state's public education system and in this one hour special Huell visits four schools where all the elements for success-parents, teachers, students, administrators and the community-have come together to really make a difference. From one room school houses to inner-city high schools, we get a chance to see California's future gold in the making.
S01 E03Jan 1, 1991
The Inaugural Special Jan 1, 1991 Its's a tradition as old as our State, yet it has taken on many forms over the last 145 years-the inauguration of our State's Governor. Huell spends time with California's 36th governor, Pete Wilson, as he works on his inaugural speech and discusses the importance of the events surrounding his swearing in. Huell also gets a chance to visit with several past Governors and their families, to get a sense of the rich tradition of inaugural celebrations from years past.
S01 E04Aug 12, 2004
Cornish Christmas Aug 12, 2004 In this holiday special, Huell celebrates the holidays with the descendants of the original Cornish Carol Choir of Grass Valley as they reenact their 1940 concert of traditional Cornish Christmas Carols, which took place 2,000 feet below ground in a gold mine and was broadcast nationally on network radio.
S01 E05Apr 23, 1997
Japanese American Home Movies Apr 23, 1997 It's like stepping back in time. A glimpse of what life was like in California during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. And this look back is made even more fascinating because it is from the Japanese-American perspective through the medium of home movies!In this special one-hour edition of "California's Gold," host Huell Howser visits with Karen Ishizuka, the senior curator of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles for a first-hand look at these remarkable movies. Karen is responsible for gathering these movies together from all over California -- seldom seen movies that document in a simple, yet profound way the everyday lives of Japanese Americans.Also included in this program is a poignant 40-minute film entitled: "Something Strong Within," made entirely of home movies shot inside the internment camps that Japanese Americans were forced into during World War II.What these movies from the camps reveal in their elegant, un-narrated silence, is a proud people struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy in a very difficult situation.The entire one-hour special is entitled simply: "Japanese American Home Movies." Not only do these movies serve as documents of a people's history, but are also rich examples of "California's Gold."
S01 E06Jan 29, 1999
Sinatra's House Jan 29, 1999 Rarely open to the public, Huell gets a 1hr. tour of Frank’s Palms Springs private house, is a show you won’t forget.Huell's guide is Frankie Randall. He played this song: "Can't Believe That It's All Over"
S01 E07Jan 24, 2000
Gold Special Jan 24, 2000 Huell pays tribute to the 152nd anniversary of the discovery of gold in California.
S01 E08Aug 12, 1999
Wedding of the Waters Aug 12, 1999 In 1937 an amazing 3 day event took place to celebrate the opening of a new road from Lone Pine to Death Valley. Starting with a gourd full of water taken from the highest lake in the U.S. on the side of Mt. Whitney, the gourd is taken to the lowest lake in the US - Bad Water Death Valley. Using all modes of important California transportation (Indian runner, Pony Express, miner & burro, 20 mule team, stagecoach, train, car, and plane) with many famous participants, the water is finally poured in, thus consummating the wedding.Join Huell and Luis 60 years later as they recreate this amazing event, with many descendants, a few people who were there the 1st time, tons of vintage photos and films on this incredible piece of California's Gold.
S01 E09Dec 24, 2001
Nacimientos Dec 24, 2001 Huell visits two Los Angeles-area families that faithfully create elaborate Nacimientos, or Nativity scenes, which are a focal point of many Mexican American homes during the Christmas season.
S01 E10Jan 20, 2002
Quartzite Jan 20, 2002 A one-hour special about Quartzsite, AZ "America’s Largest Parking Lot" and home to gem shows, swap meets and snowbirds.
S01 E11Oct 9, 2002
Wawona Oct 9, 2002 Huell discovers what it was like to visit Yosemite, including the historic Wawona Hotel, in the 19th & early 20th centuries.
S01 E12Aug 12, 2002
Yosemite Indian History Aug 12, 2002 Huell visits a reconstructed village of the Ahwaneechee Indians who have live in Yosemite and enjoyed the beautiful landscape for thousands of years
S01 E13Apr 17, 2006
Half Dome Apr 17, 2006 Huell recently had the adventure of a lifetime when he climbed Yosemite's formidable Half Dome. Join him in this one-hour special documenting his 17 mile round trip trek, along with other avid hikers, to conquer this 4800-foot high landmark.
S01 E14Aug 31, 2003
Boeing Aircraft Aug 31, 2003 Huell travels to the Boeing plant in Long Beach to check out the production line of C-17 transports.
S01 E15Feb 2, 2004
Shades of California Feb 2, 2004 Shades of California was a statewide project developed by staff at the Los Angeles Public Library. Under their guidance, libraries throughout the state gathered cherished family photos from the public and amassed them in a special California State Library collection. Beyond the importance to family members, these photos have become a resource of great historical and cultural significance, not to mention a popular book.In order to capture the excitement and anticipation shared by families and library staff during the project, Huell joins up with the Shades of California team for a special Photo Day. California families share their photos--and memories--with Huell while he chronicles the important story of Shades of California from its beginning.
S01 E16Dec 22, 2004
Poinsettias Dec 22, 2004 Albert Ecke immigrated from Germany to Southern California in 1902 and opened a roadside stall selling fruits and vegetables. By the 1920s his son Paul started selling some of the wild poinsettia plants that grew in the hills above their stall. From these small beginnings, it is now estimated that over 90% of all flowering poinsettias get their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch. Join Huell and Luis as they meet Paul, Paul Jr. & Paul III, who give them a tour of this amazing and brightly colored piece of California's Christmas Gold.
S01 E17Dec 11, 2004
Holiday Star Dec 11, 2004 Upland was hard hit by the 2003 wildfires and there is much rebuilding still to come. For the holiday season, this tight-knit community joined together to recreate a brilliantly lit star on a hilltop which shined for many years, but was destroyed by the fires. It is again a sign of hope and renewal for everyone who sees it.
S01 E18Dec 12, 2004
Tuba Christmas Dec 12, 2004 Huell attends an annual holiday concert performed by hundreds of tubas.
S01 E19May 3, 2005
El Camino Real Bells May 3, 2005 The Kings Highway - or El Camino Real has long been a part of California's rich history. From its humble beginnings as a dusty trail, it quickly became California’s first “super highway” connecting all 21 Missions.Join popular PBS host Huell Howser as he learns first hand about the road and its famous bells from author and historian Max Kurillo.Huell also joins up with Cal Trans as they install a new roadside bell, and even recreates a walk with a Padre and burro along an originaldirt section of el Camino Real at La Purisima Mission in Lompoc.All in this hour long special of California’s Gold!
S01 E20May 3, 2005
Springtime in Death Valley May 3, 2005 Leave it to our own Huell Howser to think he could go kayaking in Death Valley! But it turns out that's exactly what he does as he travels to normally parched Death Valley National Park to kayak on the huge salt lake created by this year's heavy rains. Ancient Lake Manly at Badwater only reappears about every 100 years, so he figured he better go for it.In addition to the lake, Huell also captures the bounty of endless fields of wildflowers, which covered Death Valley this spring.
S01 E21Oct 13, 2005
Traveler Oct 13, 2005 He’s a USC icon and is definitely one of the most famous and beloved horses in the world! A beautiful white horse whose story has become the stuff of legends.We’re referring, of course, to Traveler. And in this program we not only see him in action, but spend some time with him during his “off-season” at home.We’ll also learn the rich history behind this horse and meet the people who have loved and cared for him over the years.It’s a heartwarming look at the USC mascot, which has won the hearts of us all.
S01 E22Nov 12, 2005
Reagan Ranch Nov 12, 2005 Huell gets a tour of the Santa Barbara ranch home of President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, who named it Rancho del Cielo. Huell hears stories about the historic events that took place there, as well as more personal stories from a former secret service agent assigned to President Reagan.
S01 E23Jul 21, 2006
Tejon Ranch Jul 21, 2006 Special one hour show all about the 270,000 acre Tejon Ranch. Huell sees the diverse beauty of this enormous ranch and and learns about its rich history.
S01 E24Feb 9, 2008
Hollywood Sign Feb 9, 2008 Join popular PBS Host Huell Howser for this very special 1 hour look at the world famous Hollywood Sign. Huell gets special permission from The Hollywood Sign Trust to actually climb up to and even on the sign. While perched on this landmark Huell learns the full history from 1923 till now form the people who work so hard to preserve this icon.Then he is joined by Raiden Peterson who was part of the construction crew that literally rebuilt the sign in 1978. Raiden not only brings great memories and stories but an incredible bunch of artifacts that he found when working on the sign... including a lightbulb that still works!Finally Huell talks to a few pranksters, one of whom was part of a group that changed the sign to read CAL TECH, and another is the infamous RAFFEYSOD. As always you're invited to come on along as we learn how they did it!
S01 E25Feb 8, 2008
Wasco Feb 8, 2008 The small town of Wasco in Kern County is famous for it’s roses. There’s nothing like acres and acres of rose bushes to stimulate the eyes and your nose. Huell gets a behind the scenes tour of how rose bushes are harvested, packaged and shipped to nurseries and home centers all over the country. He’ll also hook up with a couple of town historians who show him the rest of Wasco and teach him about the town’s rich history.
S01 E26May 2, 2008
Aircraft Carriers May 2, 2008 California has a rich maritime history and has been at the forefront of naval warfare since the beginning. In this special one-hour adventure, Huell visits two aircraft carriers that are now museums in the waters of California.First it’s off to San Diego to visit the USS Midway, which has steamed through a 47-year career of service. Imagine a carrier that was commissioned in 1945 and served as a flagship in Desert Storm in 1991. No other carrier served as long as the USS Midway. She opened in 2004 as a naval aviation museum and is now the pride of San Diego’s waterfront.Next it’s off to Alameda to visit the carrier USS Hornet that is a national treasure, having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century -- World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission. This floating museum even has the Airstream trailer that the Apollo astronauts lived in for three days after returning to earth!
S01 E27Sep 13, 2008
Anaheim Sep 13, 2008 When you mention Anaheim to most folks, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm come to mind, but this city has a rich history and some genuine surprises. Huell spends the day with the President of the Anaheim Historical Society and visits everything from a family owned bowling alley celebrating it’s 50th anniversary to a statue built in 1935, that is the oldest piece of public artwork in Orange County. We’ll also visit the home of the man who started Carl’s Jr. and a very historic cactus garden in Pearson Park.
S01 E28Sep 7, 2008
Delta Ecotour Sep 7, 2008 Huell’s been driving through the Delta area for 20 years and finally decided to take a cruise aboard the Tule Queen to explore the enchanting and diverse environment of the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta by boat. We’ll learn about the rich natural and human history of this important region and see some amazing sights. The Delta is truly a hidden gem and a boat tour is a great way to see it all.
S01 E29Oct 27, 2008
Owens River Oct 27, 2008 In the first half of this program, Huell traveled to the Eastern Sierras with the DWP to visit Owens Lake to see their efforts to minimize the dust problem that has plagued the surrounding communities for many years.Five years later, we go back to the same areas and see just how far along the project has come and we’ll also look at how the Owens River has been restored and brought back as a viable river.
S01 E30Oct 11, 2008
Mono Lake Today Oct 11, 2008 Join popular PBS host Huell Howser as he revisits Mono Lake, and sees how it has changed in the 15 years since he was first there.We'll learn all about the tufa towers, the many migratory birds, as well as the efforts of the dedicated people who have worked so hard to restore and keep Mono Lake the amazing place that it is!
S01 E31Nov 10, 2008
Laguna Nov 10, 2008 The seaside community of Laguna is one our states most beautiful destinations. On this adventure, Huell gets to see the Laguna that the locals know and love. Huell starts the day with a famous date shake at the Orange Inn and then it’s off to the Laguna Art Museum to learn about why so many artists have flocked to Laguna since the very beginning. We’ll visit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center to see how they rescue and return sea mammals to the wild. Huell enjoyed a drink at Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant and explored the tide pools as well. We’ll also learn about Laguna’s amazing natural beauty at the Nix Nature Center. Huell ends up in the most beautiful lifeguard station in California and gets the history of Laguna’s lifeguards.
S01 E32Feb 9, 2009
Big Creek Feb 9, 2009 Huell travels to the mountains above Fresno to tour “Big Creek”’ which was America's first large-scale integrated hydroelectric project, begun in 1911. This massive engineering marvel consists of 23 generating units in nine powerhouses with a generating capacity of approximately 1,000 megawatts, and six major reservoirs with a storage capacity of more than 560,000 acre-feet. Not only do we get a behind the scenes tour, we’ll also meet and hear some great stories from a one of the first families that worked at this remote Edison outpost.
S01 E33Apr 6, 2009
Coachella Music Festival Apr 6, 2009 This one hour Californias Gold Special is all about the world renowned Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Each spring, this annual three day event attracts over 160,000 music lovers from literally all over the world and we were invited to attend last years (2008) festivities for a behind the scenes look at how it all fits together. Boy did we have fun! Not only did we hear some amazing music and see some amazing artists creations we also experienced first hand the positive energy of this festival. This is a first class event in every way its well organized, well run and the people are all first rate. Its definitely a fine example of California's Gold.
S01 E34Mar 30, 2009
Desert Adventures Mar 30, 2009 Huell goes back and visits with Leonard Knight of Salvation Mountain to see how his mountain is growing and he also travels to take an up close and personal look at "mudpots,” which only occur three places in the US.
S01 E35Sep 14, 2009
Farallon Islands Sep 14, 2009 Huell spends the day with the biologists who live on the Farallon Islands and learns about this wild and beautiful place which is just a group of islands and rocks found 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco, known as California's Galapagos, they make up the The Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. These wild and remote islands are rich with not only flora and fauna, but human history as well.
S01 E36Nov 16, 2009
Hearst Ranch Nov 16, 2009 Join Huell as he gets a tour of the 80,000 acre Hearst Ranch. He learns about its history and that it is actually still a working ranch... you can even try some Hearst beef!
S01 E37Feb 1, 2010
In-N-Out Burger Feb 1, 2010 Huell takes us on an hour-long California's Gold Special which looks at the history of In-N-Out Burger. This is the first time television cameras have ever been allowed to shoot inside a store. And this special also includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the In-N-Out Heaquarters in Baldwin Park where it all started back in 1948.
S01 E38Jun 21, 2010
Mt. Wilson Jun 21, 2010 Founded in December 1904 by George Ellery Hale, Mount Wilson Observatory would quickly rise to dominate astronomy worldwide. The Observatory hosts several of the most technologically advanced facilities in the world and is home to the 100-inch Hooker telescope. In this one-hour special, Huell spends the day at this magnificent location that is not only historic, but plays an important role in California’s scientific research.
S01 E39Mar 26, 2012
Kaiser Steel Mar 26, 2012 Huell meets the retired employees of Kaiser Steelworks in Fontana. Built in 1942, the mill supplied steel to the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond during World War II. Although the company closed in 1983, the memories remain in the Kaiser Steel Museum, where workers donate their artifacts to an ongoing exhibit. Huell also tours the site today, a working plant now called California Steel.
S01 E40Aug 13, 2012
B2 Bomber Update Aug 13, 2012 This one hour special takes us from Northrop Grumman where the B2 Stealth Bomber is built, to Edwards Air Force Base to take a look at the B2 close up. Huell and Luis were the first media representatives to be allowed in the cockpit of this top secret plane.
S01 E41Jan 6, 2012
John Muir Special Jan 6, 2012 This is a 1 Hour combination of: California's Gold #5005 - JOHN MUIRHuell 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.AND California's Golden Parks #129 - JOHN MUIR HOMEHuell tours the the Victorian residence in Martinez where the naturalist John Muir lived from 1890 to his death in 1914, and meets the special folks who are responsible for preserving this important site. While living there, Muir laid the foundations for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.
S01 E42Dec 8, 2003
Eastside Reservoir Dec 8, 2003 Huell travels to the new Eastside Reservoir, four miles southwest of Hemet. Forced by increasing population and the need to reduce our toll on the Colorado River, the Metropolitan Water District undertook this project to protect us in the event of drought or earthquakes. One of the largest construction projects in American history, the new reservoir will be 4.5 miles long and 2 miles wide, instantly becoming Southern California's largest lake.
S01 E43Feb 3, 2007
California Aqueduct Special Feb 3, 2007 In this special one-hour episode of California's Gold, Huell takes a look at the California Aqeuduct. Constructed in the 1930s, the Colorado River Aqueduct is considered one of the greatest engineering projects in the world - bringing water to thirsty Southern Californians across over 200 miles of barren, remote desert. Starting at Lake Havasu, we trace the route the water follows through huge pipes, tunnels, canals and pumping plants. Along the way we meet the men and women who are carrying on the proud MWD tradition of bringing water to Southern California.
S01 E44Sep 8, 1990
Tales From the Golden Empire Sep 8, 1990 In 1990, Huell produced his first-ever half-hour special, which takes us on a driving tour of Kern County. The trip includes gold mines, an exotic feline breeding compound, the town of Boron, and much more.
S01 E45Jan 8, 2012
Food Special Jan 8, 2012 Huell revisits a 1990 program about some of Los Angeles's unique eateries, some of which no longer exist.
S01 E46Jan 8, 2012
Animal Special Jan 8, 2012 Huell's favorite segments about animals.
S01 E47Jan 8, 2012
L.A. Remembered Jan 8, 2012 Clifton's Cafeteria; beauty salon; Sunset Plaza.
S01 E48Nov 30, 2012
Potpourri Special Nov 30, 2012 Huell revisits some of his favorite locales.
S01 E49Nov 30, 2012
House & Lawn Special Nov 30, 2012
S01 E50May 9, 2016
Charles Lummis House May 9, 2016 In this "lost" episode from 1998, Huell explores the history of the home and examines its artifacts including Spanish folk songs that have been preserved in wax cylinders followed by a recreation of the wax cylinder recording process with modern musicians.