Near California City in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Randsburg - Mojave Road
The route followed the Twenty Mule Team Mojave/Death Valley road (1883-1889) from Mojave to this point, and then angled north; near Randsburg the old road went through the hills to the west of present day Highway 395.
Besides gold, the Rand mining region produced tungsten (essential to World War One hardened steel production) in Atolia. A rich silver strike south of Johannesburg in 1919 gave birth to wild, wooly and rich Osdick (later Red Mountain). By 1915, the automobile was replacing horse drawn transportation. Stages still ran between Randsburg and Atolia; but auto stages ran to Barstow and Mojave. Locally, miners could ride to work and come back to town in the evening in desert “jitneys”. In 1924, Kern County surveyed the Randsburg-Mojave Road and took possession of it as County Road #636.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Mojave Road (Old Government Road) marker series.
Location. 35° 8.44′ N, 117° 55.469′ W. Marker is near California City, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of Randsburg Mojave Road and 20 Mule Team Parkway, on the right when traveling north on Randsburg Mojave Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: California City CA 93505, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 20-Mule Team Trail (approx. 5.3 miles away); Desert Spring (approx. 11.3 miles away); Florence "Pancho" Barnes (approx. 11.7 miles away); Josephine Stephens Bishop (approx. 11.9 miles away); HL-10 (approx. 13.2 miles away).
More about this marker. From San Diego, take route 15 north to 395 north prior to entering Vacaville. Drive to the 58 freeway (Kramer Junction). Go west on the 58 for 21.8 miles till you hit the 2 lane road turnoff to California City (10 miles). As you approach the town, the road becomes a 4 lane divided highway. When it becomes 2 lanes again, go 0.4 miles
Also see . . . Randsburg. An article written by Harrison Doyle, published in Desert Magazine, August 1959 tells of his personal experiences living in Randsburg. (Submitted on October 30, 2011.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2011, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona. This page has been viewed 941 times since then and 90 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1. submitted on October 28, 2011, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona. 2. submitted on February 20, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. 3. submitted on October 3, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.