California's Gold Season 17
S17 E01Jan 4, 2006
Ladybugs Jan 4, 2006 Huell goes on a honest-to-goodness ladybug hunt in a secret location and answers the burning question, "Just where do ladybugs come from?" You’ll be surprised and overwhelmed at what he uncovers.
S17 E02Jan 23, 2006
Aztec/Wigwam Jan 23, 2006 Huell travels back to a bygone era when he tours the Aztec Hotel and the Wigwam Motel, two popular attractions along "The Main Street of America," Route 66.
S17 E03Feb 7, 2006
Things Beside the Road Feb 7, 2006 Huell's always on the lookout as he traverses the main roads and small streets of our state. In this program a 49er RV Park, an Air Museum and Eureka Elk catch his eye and he just has to pull off the road to check them out.
S17 E04Feb 18, 2006
Cotton Feb 18, 2006 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.
S17 E05Feb 21, 2006
Noriega's Feb 21, 2006 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 aboutthe Basque culture in the area.
S17 E06Mar 8, 2006
Printing Museum Mar 8, 2006 Huell visits the 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.
S17 E07Mar 16, 2006
Photoplayer Mar 16, 2006 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.
S17 E08Jun 5, 2006
Warnors Theatre Jun 5, 2006 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 .
S17 E09Aug 8, 2006
Solano Train Ferry Aug 8, 2006 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 and later the Southern Pacific Railroad Lines.
S17 E10Aug 17, 2006
The Lost Golden Spike Aug 17, 2006 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.
S17 E11Sep 2, 2006
Tecate Train Sep 2, 2006 Host Huell Howser comes to San Diego County to visit the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo and takes a train ride to Tecate, Mexico. Huell takes a tour of the Tecate beer factory and explores the charming andhistorical 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.
S17 E12Oct 4, 2006
Trout Oct 4, 2006 Huell travels to the high sierras on horseback to see how trout are dropped from an airplane into High Sierra Mountain lakes -- a spectacular sight.At the San Joaquin Fish Hatchery near Fresno, we see how tiny rainbow trout are grown in preparation for “planting. Then it’s off to the Fresno airport to hitch an exciting plane ride with the Department of Fish and Game pilots, who are skilled at maneuvering through the high mountains and into the deep valleys to drop or “plant” lakes with trout. At last, we travel to Duck Lake on horseback to witness the trout as they drop from the plane.Before the advent of the airplane, trout were “planted” in hundreds of California Lakes by horseback-- a difficult task that would take an entire summer to complete. In 1947, the Department of Fish and Game began using airplanes to complete the task and even employed WWII pilots whose skills as bomber pilots were put to a new use.