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Huell Howser’s Spirit Lives in This Sacramento TV Reporter



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Lone Pine's Museum of Western Film History is typical of the places that John Bartell visits. (Shutterstock)
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When Huell Howser died in 2013, California lost a one-in-a-million icon.

But reporter John Bartell of Sacramento’s ABC10 carries forward Howser’s enthusiasm, curiosity, and story-telling.

Over the last three years, he has visited the kind of unusual attractions that Howser loved for his “Bartell’s Backroads” series.

Whether your passion is antique tools, the history of reform schools, Bigfoot, or country and western music’s Bakersfield Sound, you can find something to like in a collection of Bartell’s travelogues at this link.

Or, you can check out his “Ultimate 58 County Road Trip of California” from YouTube below.

Anyone wishing to spend time again with Howser can visit the video archive hosted by Chapman University. It’s at this link.

Watch:  “Ultimate 58 County Road Trip of California”

Huell Howser

Huell Howser: Oct. 18, 1945 – Jan. 7, 2013 (Wikipedia)

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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