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Randsburg in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Randsburg, California

 
 
Randsburg, California Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2011
1. Randsburg, California Marker
Inscription. Gold was discovered on the slope of Rand Mountain in 1895. From this discovery, the town of Randsburg sprang up almost overnight. By 1899, the town had over 3500 residents. Randsburg boasted a 100-stamp mill and conservative estimates are that $60,000,000 in gold was taken out of the mines in the area during the town’s boom years. From 1895 till about 1933, the Yellow Aster Mine produced almost $25,000,000 worth of gold at the old gold prices of about $20.00 per ounce. The jail and White House Saloon were host to many a miner, cowboy, farmer, Indian and Clamper during the peak of the mining period.
 
Erected 1989 by E Clampus Vitus; John P. Squibob, Peter LeBeck, Slim Princess and Billy Holcomb Chapters. (Marker Number 57.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 22.142′ N, 117° 39.393′ W. Marker is in Randsburg, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of Red Rock Randsberg Road and Butte Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Red Rock Randsberg Road. Touch for map. This marker is located at the old Randsburg City Jail. Marker is in this post office area: Johannesburg CA 93528, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Randsburg, California Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2011
2. Randsburg, California Marker
The old Randsburg city jail is in the background.
within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whitehouse Saloon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); D.T. Jones - Dry Goods (about 300 feet away); Randsburg Drug Store (about 400 feet away); The Joint (about 400 feet away); The Commerical Hotel (about 500 feet away); Rand Mining District (about 500 feet away); The Baltic Mine Project (approx. 1.9 miles away); Historic Randsburg (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Randsburg.
 
More about this marker. The Yellow Aster Mine was discovered by John Singleton, F.M. Mooers and Charlie Burcham. It had been named the Rand Mine because of the similarity in the minerals present to those of the Rand Mining District in South Africa. Because of the possible confusion, between the two "Rand Mines" the one in California was renamed the "Yellow Aster" after a book that Mooers was reading at the time of the discovery. This Plaque was a joint effort with Peter Lebeck, John P. Squibob, and the Slim Princess Chapters.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
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The Old Randsburg City Jail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2011
3. The Old Randsburg City Jail
The Old Randsburg City Jail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2011
4. The Old Randsburg City Jail
White House Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
5. White House Saloon
Commemorative Pin image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 8, 1989
6. Commemorative Pin
IV Randsburg IV
The Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
Billy Holcomb - John P. Squibob
Slim Princess - Peter Lebec
Fall 1989 - ECV
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 850 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 13, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   6. submitted on August 8, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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