Near Red Mountain in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Yellow Aster Gold Mine
North of this sign is the famous Yellow Aster Gold Mine in Randsburg. Three friends, Fredrick Mooers, John Singleton and Charles Burcham discovered the Yellow Aster Gold Mine in 1895 and so was the beginning of the famous Rand Mining District! The Yellow Aster Gold mine was the richest in Southern California with more than $20 Million Dollars of gold taken from it. (That was gold prices back then!) It was initially worked with 'dry-washers' and later, hard-rock mining took over.
The Yellow Aster Mining & Milling Co. owned 49 patented and 6 unpatented claims. It was the principal source of gold in Kern County and had an output of $12,000,000 most of which was mined and sold at pre-1934 prices. The mine was operated continuously by the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co. from 1895 to 1918, closed until 1921, then reopened and operated until 1933. The Anglo American Mining Corp. Ltd. leased the mine in 1933 and operated it until 1939. Since that time it has been mined intermittently by lessees who have worked at various places underground and in the walls of a large open pit. For a few months following its discovery on
Photo caption: Yellow Aster Discoverers Drywashing, May 1895, View N to NW(?). John Singleton, second from the left, Frederic M. Mooers holding the riffle tray at right. More of a 'Photo Opportunity' than actual work. The riffle tray, held as it is, may have been to aid the photographer in processing the film. They wear the same clothes as in the First Camp photo, below. The dry-washer would have been of the standard model in use at Summit Diggings, Goler & Red Rock Canyon; a hopper with 1/2 inch screen above a bellows box, driven by a hand-crank and flywheel. The riffle tray is carpeted with shirt fabric, passing air from beneath, 'winnowing' the heavy gold (and magnetite black sand) from the lighter material. This is the earliest photo in the collection of mining at Rand Mountain. – McPherson
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1895.
Location. 35° 21.053′ N, 117° 37.909′ W. Marker is near Red Mountain, California, in Kern County. Located at the end of an unmarked dirt road, at the top of a hill. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Randsburg CA 93554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Baltic Mine (here, next to this marker); The Kelly Silver Mine (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Kelly Silver Mine (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Owl Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Silver Dollar Saloon (approx. 0.8 miles away); The King Solomon Mine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rand District Community Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rand Mining District (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Mountain.
Also see . . . RedMtnKellySilver.com. Local mining history. (Submitted on July 18, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.