Throwback Thursday: Calico, CA

With the cold temperatures here in the Northeast, I started getting nostalgic for days gone by when I was first married and living in California.  In August of 1998, my mother flew out for a visit, and we (OK I hate driving; it was Mark doing the driving and Mom and I did the riding) drove out to Calico.


For those of you not in the know, Calico is a ghost town!  No, it’s not really haunted – at least I didn’t get any vibes.  Scooby-Doo didn’t put in an appearance.  And I didn’t find myself locked in the jail by some crazy prospector like in The Brady Bunch.  Still, it was fun!


Calico was founded in 1881 as a mining town in the Calico Mountains of the Mojave Desert.  Silver was the ore of choice.  The original settlers were Chinese, English, Irish, Greek, French, Dutch, Native Americans and Americans.  It has a fascinating history and is a great place to take the family if you’re road-tripping along the West Coast of the United States.  You can learn more about it on their site:

Calico Ghost Town

If you’ve been there, or eventually get there, please share your pictures.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy mine!


ca. 1998 Ann Marie Rusolo

My beautiful mother! She’s been gone for ten years now, but I think of her every day. She’s always in my heart and I’m glad we got to see Calico together.

Mark Ward, ca. 1998

My one true love, back in his Marine Corps days. One of many adventures we shared.

Jo Ann and Mark Ward, ca, 1998

Young love, newlyweds. So sweet!





  9 comments for “Throwback Thursday: Calico, CA

  1. Karen
    January 4, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures – how time flies! Thank you for sharing.

    • January 4, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks, Karen! It sure does!

  2. January 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    It looks like a fun place to explore. And it’s going to be in the 60s in Calico this week!

    • January 8, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      It is! It stimulates the imagination, and is fascinating if you’re a history buff.

  3. Ariana
    January 9, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    SO cool! I’m so glad I got a chance to know your mom. She was such a doll and such a character! I will never forget her funny stories about protecting Bernie from the Chinese neighbors or being escorted home by the local ‘bouncer/bodyguards’!

    • jrusoloward
      January 9, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks, Ariana! I’m glad you got to meet her as well!

  4. January 12, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I love trivia and the pics are so cool. Your mom is pretty and looks like such a wonderful woman. I can sense it from the pics. You also look like her a lot.

    • jrusoloward
      January 15, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you. She’s been gone for over ten years now. I miss her.

      • January 16, 2018 at 10:25 am

        Bless her soul and yours too.

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