About the Museum

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Rand Desert Museum

Rand Desert Museum in the 1940s

The Rand Desert Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the cultural and architectural history of the Rand Mining District and adjacent historic sites in the Upper Mojave Desert Region of California.  Information about the communities of Randsburg, Johannesburg, Red Mountain (Osdick), Atolia, Garlock, Saltdale, and Cantil can be found at the museum & website.  Additionally, we have info and exhibits about Burro Schmidt’s Tunnel, Red Rock Canyon, Trona, Ballarat, Skidoo, the Searle’s Lake Pinnacles and other ‘excitements’ in the surrounding area.

This web site is a portal to our extensive collections, including photos, documents, news articles, maps, letters & artifacts.  Together they form a rich tapestry, enriching our visitors’ understanding, a virtual experience of the culture, excitement, drama of the times; enhancing an appreciation of our place in the pageant of history, from the late 19th Century to the present.

We strive to make the site a showcase of content presentation, holistic, (multi-faceted) cultural geography, neural network navigation, interactive graphics & animation. Suggestions Welcome!

Rand Desert Museum is recognized as the primary source for historic & genealogical researchers searching for the host of ancestors who ‘Saw the Elephant’ of life in the Rand District during the boom years.

The site fulfills our public outreach mission with a bang, an ‘Anvil Salute':  In the years since starting work on the site we have heard from several descendants, including the Rose & Charles Burcham Family, descendants of the co-discoverers of the famous Yellow Aster Mine, who have generously offered priceless letters, photos, etc. In addition, the descendants of John Singleton’s sister (The Cooper Family) donated a treasure trove of photos, letters, and other memorabilia.  Also contributing have been the descendants of the Wynn Family who owned and operated the Baltic Mine and many others too numerous to mention that have sent us original photos or copies from their family collections.  Every contribution is deeply appreciated, as the collection becomes deeper and richer!

The Rand Desert Museum is open each weekend from 11:00 a.m to 2:oo p.m.  We are open holidays except for Christmas and New Years.  We will also open by special appointment. Please call Brook Parcher at  (760) 382-9463 to make an appointment. Call Us Today!  We look forward to seeing you.  There is no charge to visit the museum or the jail which is also run by the museum. Donations are welcome.



Editor, Historian,: J. BART PARKER, hafdog@aol.com

Designer, Cartographer & Photographer:
WILLIAM J. WARREN, wjwpix@earthlink.com

Webmaster, Developer, Resident Artist:
MARK DIVERS,      mark@markdivers.com

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