Oro Grande Day Celebrates Historic Area

The first ever Oro Grande Day celebrated one of the oldest High Desert communities on Saturday, June 27.

Led by the unofficial honorary mayor of Oro Grande, Joe Manners, the small town should be a gold mine of tourism, as it is situated right on historic Route 66. Manners lives in the house his father built in 1946.

Oro Grande Day is hoped to become an annual event that honors explorer Jedediah Smith, who camped in the area during the early 1800s. The town also milled gold and silver ore that came from Calico.

This year’s event included a Victorian Muse Theater performance by Calico Hall of Fame member Odessa Red and her troupe, and also the all-female, rock ‘n’ roll band Quiet Fire.

There was something for the entire family, including a variety of vendors, barbecue food, a petting zoo and face painting.

Local businesses benefitted from the extra traffic created by the event, including Cross Eyed Cow Pizza, Sugar Shack, Oro Grande Junction, and Annie’s Transformed Treasures.

There’s enough going on year-round, and people should make a point of stopping there on the way to Silver Lakes or Barstow. Foreign tourists to local travelers will find it a great place to visit.

For more information on things that are happening in Oro Grande, call (562) 413-8385.

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