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Near Red Mountain in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Historic Randsburg

 
 
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By Denise Boose, September 6, 2011
1. Historic Randsburg Marker
Inscription.  Rand Camp began as a tent city, erected by eager miners who rushed to the Mojave Desert following a major gold discovery in April 1895. A year later, the town of 1,500 had been renamed "Randsburg." Saloons sprouted, a U.S. Post Office was established, and the community's first newspaper, "The Randsburg Miner," appeared. By 1900, Randsburg's 3,500 inhabitants had a "30 stamp" ore crusher, bank, churches and theaters. Railroad tracks soon connected the nearby town of Johannesburg to Kramer's Junction, some 25 miles to the south. At the turn of the century, when gold was worth only $12 to $16 an ounce, Randsburg's famous Yellow Aster Mine recovered $3 million in gold. In 1911, the take was $6 million. Most of the visible, or "free gold," in the Rand Mining District already had been found before WWII, when gold mines nationwide were classified as "non-essential" industries, and closed. Technological developments now over shadow earlier methods of extracting free gold from low-grade ores economically feasible. During boom and bust, fires and war, smallpox and influenza epidemics, Randsburg tenaciously has clung to life. It still does.
 
Topics. This historical
Historic Randsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 6, 2011
2. Historic Randsburg Marker
This is the first marker seen on the left.
marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural ResourcesNotable Places.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 35° 21.051′ N, 117° 37.904′ W. Marker was near Red Mountain, California, in Kern County. Marker was on Red Mountain Road 0.8 miles west of U.S. 395, on the left when traveling west. Located at the end of an un-marked dirt road, at the top of a hill. Touch for map. Marker was 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 location, measured as the crow flies. The Kelly Silver Mine (here, next to this marker); The Baltic Mine (here, next to this marker); Yellow Aster Gold Mine (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Kelly Silver Mine (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Owl Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Red Mountain (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rand Mining District (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Commerical Hotel (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Mountain.
 
Historic Randsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 6, 2011
3. Historic Randsburg Marker
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4. Photo Displayed on Historic Randsburg Marker
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By Craig Baker, June 27, 2020
5. New Markers
Three new markers have replaced the original markers. See: Other Nearby Markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 769 times since then and 258 times this year. Last updated on July 18, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   5. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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