California Videos

Our California road trip highlights, interviews with roadside attraction creators, clips from vintage travel shorts, and videos by Roadside America fans.

AuburnSouthwest Family Road Trip

A family never stops moving (except when they're home), shuffling by familiar sights in California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

Western Road Trip
BoronKostopoulos: First Toilet Seat

From the Roadside Archives: John A. Kostopoulos told us in 1994 about his very first toilet seat painting before WW2's Battle of Casablanca in 1942.

The late artist's first toilet seat was performance art and a political statement.
BoronKostopoulos: Saddam Called Me

From the Archives: John A. Kostopoulos told us about a really grateful toilet portrait subject -- Saddam Hussein (1994).

King of Toilet Seat Arts.
BoronAnimatronic 20 Mule Team

Short video revealing a hidden gem in the Twenty Mule Team Museum. But where else would you expect to find it?

Animatronic Mule Team.
BurlingameWorld's Biggest Dispenser of Pez

Gary Doss, curator of the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, shows us the World's Biggest Dispenser of Pez.

Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia.
FelicityCenter of the World: Be It Further Resolved

Our visit to the Center of the World triggers a special Proclamation by Mayor Istel, assisted by his wife Felicia.

Center of the World.
HaywardMuffler Men: American Giants Ep. 11

The AG team interviews Bruce Kennedy about his Hayward, CA collection, and get to use his skylift for intimate video portraits.

American Giants Episode 11.
HesperiaMiles Mahan at Hulaville

From the Archives: Video snippets of Miles Mahan from 1985, and a later visit in 1994.

Hulaville and Miles Mahan.
LancasterMusical Road - Oddity Odysseys

Southern California explorers Bethany and Drew play the Musical Road in Lancaster.

Musical Road
Los AngelesBronson Cave - Oddity Odysseys

Dynamic duo Bethany and Drew explore a man-made cave used in over 100 Hollywood movies and TV shows.

Bronson's Cave.
Mill ValleyNike Missile Site Tour

Preserved Cold War nuclear defense installation, Nike Missile Site SF-88. Clips from 1960 Army film "The Nike-Hercules Story"

Nike Missile Site SF-88L video.
NiceLaughing Sal Show, Clarke's Collectibles

Tipster video: Something to do with your spare quarters at Clarke's Lunch Box Museum.

Clarke's Lunch Box Museum
NilandExploring Salvation Mountain

Though Leonard Knight departed in 2014, his painted mountain (and empty paint cans) remains as a marvel of spiritual folk art.

Salvation Mountain.
OaklandChildren's Fairyland (1950)

Ride a miniature train with a munchkin to Children's Fairyland, a colorful, crazy-angled, kid-sized theme park in Oakland, California. In the 1950s, it was a radical place.

Children's Fairyland.
San BernardinoExploring the McDonald's Museum

Interviews at the site of the original fast food phenom, opened in 1940 by Dick and Mac Mcdonald, now a museum of collected artifacts and memorabilia.

Original McDonald's Site and Museum
Santa CruzWho's Unnaturally Attracted to Mystery Spots?

1996 video, with knowledgeable guide Pat Musselman, at the Mystery Spot.

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.
StocktonKing of the Windmills

From the Archives: 1996 interview with Frank Medina, known worldwide for his windmill collection and his incredible teeth.

Wonderful World of Windmills.
SunolSunol Remembers Mayor Bosco

A statue is unveiled honoring America's Dog Mayor, Bosco Ramos. (2008)

Bosco the Dog Mayor video.

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