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Near Randsburg 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.
 
Location. 35° 21.051′ N, 117° 37.904′ W. Marker is near Randsburg, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Randsburg
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.
Cutoff (Loop) Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. From Randsburg on Butt Avenue which becomes Randsburg Cutoff (Loop) Road near Off Road Vehicle Marker R66 on your right side. It is a dirt road and the markers are at the top of a hill that overlooks the Baltic Mine Project. If you come from Red Mountain, you head north on Red Mountain Road and it becomes Randsburg Cutoff Road. Marker is in this post office area: Randsburg CA 93554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Baltic Mine Project (here, next to this marker); 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); The Joint (approx. 1.8 miles away); Randsburg Drug Store (approx. 1.8 miles away); D.T. Jones - Dry Goods (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Randsburg.
 
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By Denise Boose, September 6, 2011
3. Historic Randsburg Marker
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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