California's Gold Season 20
S20 E01Feb 11, 2009
Smartsville Feb 11, 2009 You’ve probably used this word at some point in your life and never knew that it was actually a town in California. Timbuctoo was once a bustling gold rush town named after that far away place in Africa. There’s not much left, but Huell pays a visit to Timbuctoo, which is now privately owned. Next it’s off to Smartsville, that due to a post office mandate had to lose the “S” and became Smartville. The good citizens never gave up calling it Smartsville and took their case all the way to the federal government, who finally agreed to give them back their “S”
S20 E02Feb 18, 2009
Places I've Always Wanted to Go Feb 18, 2009 Join Host Huell Howser on an adventure to two places he's been wanting to visit for years! First up is a a stop along Highway 395 in the town to Lee Vining to see the Upside Down House. Built by Nellie Bly O’Bryan and inspired by children's books - it is considered Mono County's first man-made tourist attraction. Huell gets a tour from some of the locals who lovingly restored it after many years of decay. Next is a stop at the Livermore Fire Department to see the 107 (and counting) year old lightbulb. Learn how and why this bulb has been burning nonstop for over 100 years. You can even see it yourself on the webcam.
S20 E03Mar 5, 2009
Hmong Mar 5, 2009 There are roughly 250,000 Hmong people living in the United States. The Hmong are an Asian ethnic group from the mountainous regions of Southeast Asia. Many ended up in the fertile areas in and around Fresno County, where their love of farming and vast knowledge has served them well. Huell visits two farms that are growing some of the most interesting and unusual produce in California. From a small family farm to the largest Hmong farm in the county, it’s a wonderful day.
S20 E04Mar 17, 2009
Glacier Mar 17, 2009 Join Huell as he hikes high up in the Eastern Sierra to visit the Conness Glacier in a stunning part of the National Forrest.
S20 E05Apr 28, 2009
Pt. Fermin Lighthouse Lens Apr 28, 2009 There is a reason that those old lighthouses could send a beam of light for many miles out to see. Most lighthouses used a Fresnel lens, which looks like a beehive made of glass. These lenses are works of art and the one that graced the tower at Point Fermin Lighthouse is no exception. In this adventure, Huell learns the history of the lens, which was removed from Point Fermin and changed hands many times. This story has a happy ending, as the lens comes home to Point Fermin once and for all.
S20 E06Jun 23, 2009
Water Car Jun 23, 2009 Imagine sitting by the lake on a hot day and watching as a car drives into the water and motors away. Well that's just what piqued Huell's interest. Terry Tates parents bought their Amphibious Car in the early 60s and have passed it on to Terry. Huell goes to Lake Castaic and gets the ride of his life.
S20 E07Jul 1, 2009
Hearst Castle Landscape Jul 1, 2009 Huell tours the gardens of the world-famous Hearst Castle on our state’s central coast.
S20 E08Jul 12, 2009
Tall Ship Californian Jul 12, 2009 Huell sails aboard the state’s official tall ship, the Californian to see just how hard it was for our early settlers to get here. He also enjoys some sea shanties.
S20 E09Sep 8, 2009
Golden Gate Replicas Sep 8, 2009 Huell visits two replicas of the Golden Gate Bridge: the walkway to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and the Guy West Footbridge at Cal State University Sacramento.
S20 E10Sep 14, 2009
Golden Knights Sep 14, 2009 Huell has the adventure of a lifetime, skydiving with the world-famous U.S. Army Golden Knights.
S20 E11Sep 16, 2009
Capitol Steps Sep 16, 2009 Huell goes straight to the TOP! Finished in 1874, California’s Capitol Building is a stunning neoclassical gem. With all great buildings of this size, there are lots of steps. Some steps are very obvious, like the set that leads up to the front entrance, but this building has lots of “step” stories and even a few that are very scary to climb.
S20 E12Sep 24, 2009
Neptune Pool Sep 24, 2009 Huell gets a behind the scenes tour and takes the “swim of a lifetime” in the Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle which is arguably one of the most spectacular pools in the world and the highlight of any tour. It is fed by mountain water and is surrounded by ancient Roman style columns and statues. Designed by architect Julia Morgan, the Neptune Pool was started in 1924 and was finally completed after several redesigns and re-buildings in 1936.
S20 E13Sep 26, 2009
Chiriaco Summit Sep 26, 2009 Situated 30 miles east of Indio, this popular stop for travelers and truckers who want to gas up, get a home cooked meal or browse for nic nacs is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Huell spends the day with the people who live and work in this desert outpost as they enjoy this milestone.
S20 E14Oct 9, 2009
Jojoba Oct 9, 2009 Huell visits with Larry and Donna Charpied at their 10-acre jojoba farm located in the Eagle Mountain/Desert Center of Eastern Riverside County, in the shadow of Joshua Tree National Park Wilderness. Huell learns about the many uses for this desert wonder plant.
S20 E15Oct 23, 2009
Lopez-Hill House Oct 23, 2009 J.J. Lopez, the longtime manager of the Tejon Ranch who helped shape Kern County's history, built his Victorian-style home in Bakersfield in 1909. In the 1960s, the home was occupied by Arlin and Lavern Hill, who migrated from Oklahoma after the devastating effects of the Dust Bowl. Now, this long-overlooked California landmark has finally been renovated and preserved thanks to local fundraising efforts. Huell meets the descendants of the Lopez and Hill families, who share their story of how their house was moved to its permanent location at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield.