California's Gold Season 14
S14 E01Jan 4, 2003
Quilts Jan 4, 2003 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 a 100-year history and the Foothill Quilters who keep this tradition alive.
S14 E02Jan 8, 2003
Squeegee Jan 8, 2003 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.
S14 E03Mar 15, 2003
Pismo Clams Mar 15, 2003 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.
S14 E04Mar 31, 2003
Old-Fashioned Harvest Mar 31, 2003 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.
S14 E05Apr 27, 2003
John Muir Apr 27, 2003 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.
S14 E06May 26, 2003
Tuolumne Meadows May 26, 2003 Huell visits Yosemite's high country for a walk through spectacular Tuolumne Meadows.
S14 E07Aug 30, 2003
Desert Tower Aug 30, 2003 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.
S14 E08Jan 8, 2003
Little Manila Jan 8, 2003 Huell travels to Little Manila in Stockton--a recent addition to the National Trust for Historic Preservations's 11-Most Endangered Historic Places list--to learn about its rich Filipino heritage.
S14 E09Oct 10, 2003
Monterey Trees Oct 10, 2003 Huell visits two trees in Monterey with interesting histories. In December, 1602 Sebastian Viscaino officially named Monterey in honor of the Viceroy of New Spain who had ordered his expedition. His band of 200 men gave thanks for their safe journey in a ceremony held under a large oak tree overlooking the bay which still stands. And then he's off to see the famous Lone Cypress, a 200-300-year-old tree standing alone on a rock jutting out over the ocean.
S14 E10Oct 10, 2003
Beach Traditions Oct 10, 2003 Huell travels up and down our coast to uncover some long-standing rituals from an abalone barbecue to surfing lessons.
S14 E11Nov 16, 2003
Holcomb Valley Nov 16, 2003 Huell tours Holcomb Valley, just north of Big Bear, and learns about its gold mining history.
S14 E12Jan 8, 2003
Barns Jan 8, 2003 Before Disneyland, Walt Disney’s enthusiasm for realistic model trains had evolved into an elaborate backyard live steam railroad. At the heart of his railroad was a quaint red barn, which was his center of operations. Now at home in Griffith Park in Los Angles, the barn is a gem in the collection of the Los Angeles Live Steamers, an organization of train enthusiasts dedicated to educating people in railroad history and lore, and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. Huell tours the barn and hears stories of Disney’s passion for trains which many people say fueled his vision for his theme parks.Then, after hearing there are only three barns like it left standing in California, Huell visits the historic Octagon Barn in San Luis Obispo. Locals estimate that it is more than 100 years old and was built as a livery stable and later used as a dairy barn. Although it is showing its age, the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is spearheading an effort to refurbish the Octagon Barn as a roadside vegetable stand for use by local farmers.