Author Archives: Bart Parker

SURFACE ROADS

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November 12, 1915: “CANTIL NOTES – The Valley Improvement Society was organized October 30 at a business and social gathering of the residents of the valley.  The purpose of the organization is to secure for the community social and educational advancement as well as post office facilities and good roads.  At the first meeting W. S. Burdick and L. H. … More >


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RAILROAD

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June 3, 1912; “STOCK TRAIN MAKES A RECORD VALLEY RUN.  A stock special consisting of forty cars of stock made a record run over the San Joaquin division yesterday.  The stock was loaded at Cantil and Mojave by L. V. Olcese and made the run between the latter point and this city in 2 hours and 30 minutes.  Following a … More >


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NEURALIA

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Table of Contents—Miscellaneous, Fremont Valley Land Company, Delta Land Company, Santa Ana Sugar Beet Company, Post Office. MISCELLANEOUS April 2, 1915:  “NEURALIA IS NOW CONNECTED with all sections of the country by The Interstate Telegraph Co., has recently run the wires in and installed a station at the company’s office. ” –Mojave Press May 28, 1915:  “THE CHIEF SAYS there’s … More >


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CANTIL

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Cantil Townsite Contents Miscellaneous News Oil Development Postoffice / Store Schools Womens Clubs MISCELLANEOUS NEWS April 3, 1910: “FORM NEW PRECINTS AT RANDSBURG—The supervisors have formed two new voting precinct’s in this township, one called Magnolia this side of Indian Wells, to accommodate those people in the north end of the country.  The other at Cantil on the Railroad, at … More >


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CINCO / JAWBONE AQUEDUCT CAMPS

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The Los Angeles Aqueduct was instrumental in opening up the Fremont Valley for settlement.  There were few settlers in the valley before the start of the aqueduct, but the building of a railroad through the area not only reduced the costs of shipping of agricultural products but also make land available or sale as  the Southern Pacific was granted land … More >


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STAGES

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October 08, 1893:  “INYO INDEPENDENT: W. K. MILLER OF LONE PINE returned some days ago from the new placer mining camp 45 miles east of Mojave. In a letter he says: “While there I saw one nugget that was worth over $1000 and a number ranging from $20 to $40. Everything about the mines looks very favorable. About 100 men … More >


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MOUNTAINS WEST OF CANTIL / CINCO

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NEW CREDE– May 21, 1915:  “NEW CREDE—The new mining district in Pine Tree Canyon has been the attraction for visitors and men interested in mining during the past couple of weeks, owing to reports of a good strike in placer mining by W. Hampton Williams and J. M. Dragoman.  Both are experienced in the mining game, and say they have … More >


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SALTDALE / TOBY

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Advertisement Appearing in April 14, 1912,San Francisco Call Offering Diamond Salt Company Stock at   50 cents a share

TABLE OF CONTENTS: SALTDALE DIAMOND SALT COMPANY KERN SALT COMPANY CONSOLIDATED SALT COMPANY LONG BEACH SALT COMPANY TOWNSITE TOBY FREMONT SALT COMPANY SALTDALE DIAMOND SALT COMPANY Researchers Note –Work had actually started on the salt works by June of 1910—see H. P. Jensen in Homesteads/Land Patents November 30, 1910: “A COPY OF ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION of the Diamond Salt Company … More >


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KANE SPRINGS / GYPSITE

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November 1, 1893:  “POST OFFICES have been established at Koehn, Kern County, with Charles Koehn as Postmaster.  The Morning Call February 14, 1894:  “GUS HAAG, A PARTNER WITH MR. JOHNSON in claims on Reed gulch, Goler mining district, has sold his half interest  therein to W. C. Wilson of Mojave and Charles Koehn of Koehn  Springs.  These claims have paid handsomely ever since … More >


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LAST CHANCE CANYON

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RED ROCK CANYON / DOVE SPRINGS

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December 13, 1893: “THE NEW BONANZA COUNTRY–Rich Finds in and About theGoler District–A Mining Region Neglected by Los Angeles Capitalists. Men Who Are Doing Well Without Any Capital—Tim Result* of a Recent Trip Over That Section.  Special correspondence to the Herald. Goler Camp, Dec, 12.—Recent developments in the Goler mining district iv Kern county induced your correspondent to make a … More >


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INTRODUCTION

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August 27, 1871: “A Los Angeles telegram of the 23rd says Lieutenant Wheeler’s party of thirty-five men led Hohn, the well-known guide, which left Independence about two weeks ago for Death’s valley, was last heard from via Desert Springs, suffering for water on the road.  About the same time another officer and party left Indian Wells for the Colorado and … More >


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HOMESTEADS 1930 THRU 1945

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1930________________________________________________________ LILLIE SMITH – MD 030S 037E 12 1037446 CAS 0021597 Cash Sale 1930/05/20 SMITH LILLIE 1931______________________________________ EDWARD C. KAPING— MD 031S 037E 18 1051583 CAS 0022938 Homestead 1931/11/11 KAPING EDWARD C MEILLEUR, WALTER ARTHUR MD 031S 037E 24 1048880 CAS 0025627 Homestead 1931/08/14 MEILLEUR WALTER ARTHUR 1932______________________________________ ELMER FOSTER— MD 030S 037E 11 1053105 CAS 0021203 Homestead 1932/02/03 FOSTER … More >


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HOMESTEADS 1915 THRU 1929

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1915______________________________________ FRANK BAKER – -MD 030S 037E 11 803618 CAI 0004347 Homestead 1921/04/18 BAKER FRANK April 13, 1916:  “MRS. R. B.  GALBREATH entertained her Sunday school class Saturday afternoon at an April Fool party.  The time was spent at games and refreshments were enjoyed.  The  guests were Martin Grose, Edith Owens, Zenith Gerle, Pearl Nichols, Mabel Newsom, Blanche Baker, –Clifford … More >


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HOMESTEADS 1870 THRU 1914

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CANE SPRINGS, CA, ABOUT 1909.  MRS BESTANDIG, LOUISE JENSEN, LYDIA JENSEN, MAN AT LEFT BACKGROUND UNKNOWN, H P JENSEN HOLDING LESTER JENSEN, CHARLIE KOEHN HOLDING BABY BESTANDIG.  (The reader may imagine the Editor’s delight to find this among the photos contributed by Jensen Family descendant Pete Johns, H. P. Jensen’s grandson.  A Twofer!  Not only our only family photo of the Jensens, whose story is told below, but a unique image of Charlie Koehn At Home; a superstar among the VIPs from the Fremont Valley to Randsburg, whose singular story can be found at:  (LINK) Home>Fremont Valley>Fremont Valley Mining Camps>Kane Springs/Gypsite)

1893______________________________________ CHARLES A. KOEHN – MD 030S 038E 8 460 CACAAA 136376 Homestead 1900/10/04 KOEHN CHARLES A MD 030S 038E 8 985773 CAV 0012019 Homestead 1926/09/23 KOEHN CHARLES A MD 030S 038E 28 821798 CAI 0003880 Desert Land Act 1921/09/08 KOEHN CHARLES A   August 20, 1920: “September 12, 1920: “NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION –Department of the Interior—U.S.  LAND OFFICE at … More >


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HIGHGRADERS AND CLAIM JUMPERS

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January 18, 1916: “HIGH GRADER IS ARRESTED AT ATOLIA—Charge Organized Gang Making Clean-up From Rich Ore on Desert. –The war on of the Atolia Mining Company on the high graders, who are declared to be reaping a fortune in the theft of the $3 a pound ore, began yesterday when Clarence Kirk was charged with grand larceny. According to the … More >


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KIRK & KING

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April 19, 1916:  “Johannesburg is to have another tungsten mill according to the plans of Kirk and King of Atolia, who have taken possession of an old warehouse and are changing it to a reduction plant.  The equipment is to consist of a Dennis concentrator, and slimer and a Wheeling crusher.  G. W. Dennis of Illinois is here to install … More >


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LUMBER YARDS

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April 19, 1916:  ”Everett King of the King Lumber Company, Bakersfield, is here to-day and expects to install a lumber yard here shortly.  The King Company, one of the biggest in Kern County, has plants in different towns in the San Joaquin Valley. ” –Bakersfield


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Golden Valley

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July 25, 1915: “COWS’ EARS CHEWED BUT ATOLIA RANCHER FREED, CRUELTY CASE—Barstow, July 24.—H. N. Roundtree, a homesteader near Atolia upon whom Constable Brown served a warrant yesterday after a 100-mile automobile ride across the burning desert, was tried before a judge om Justice T. O. Carter’s court today and acquitted on a charge of cruelty to animals. Roundtree was … More >


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HAND BALL COURT

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April 28, 1916: “S. Vignaroll is putting in an electric hand ball court adjoining the pool hall. ” –Bakersfield Californian


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BOWLING ALLEY

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April 28, 1916: “F. T. Cleveland, of Colton, is to put in a ten pin alley. ” –Bakersfield Californian


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ROADS

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October 7, 1899: “A BETTER ROAD Is Needed Over the Hill to Johannesburg—About two years ago the honorable board of supervisors paid a visit to Randsburg to ascertain what the people of this camp most needed.  A mass  meeting was held and addresses were made and the different members of the board explained how the county money was apportioned, etc. … More >


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DOCTORS, LAWYERS, REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND OTHER SHYSTERS

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C. L. HANSON — REAL ESTATE December 19, 1897:  “Johannesburg – C. L. Hanson, late of Los Angeles, has opened a real estate and mining brokerage office in the bank building.”  The Herald ( Researchers note:  This is the only mention found of  Bank or Bank  Building in Johannesburg at this early date. In 1922 a bank was established which … More >


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GOLER MINING ACTIVITY

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September 02, 1893: “THE GOLER MINING CAMP. Mr. J. W. Abell, formerly a resident of Perris, but now a prospector of the new Goler Mining district, some thirty miles northeast of Mojave, brought with him a handsome assortment of nuggets from his camp. Mr. Abell says there are now about fifty miners in the camp engaged in placer and quartz … More >


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COPPER CITY

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January 30, 1900:   “The mines around Copper City, in San Bernardino County, about 25 miles east of Randsburg, are looking well. Dr. Slocum owns the Edna, about six miles from there, which shows very fine ore. The ore from this mine is not being shipped, but left on the dump, as a mill will be erected near the mine soon. … More >


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RANDSBURG OTHER MINES AND CLAIMS 2

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WELLS FARGO (OLD MOJAVE) SUMMARY: 1962: In 1904  J. S. WARNER  reported to be operating a mine in sec. 36, T29S, R40E, AND SEC. 1, T30S, R40E, MDM, 1 mile south of Randsburg.  No other data available. — Mines and Minerals of Kern County California, California Division of Mines and Geology, County Report 1 CHRONOLOGY: August 29, 1903: “A RICH STRINGER … More >


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LONE WILLOW SPRINGS

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April 30, 1898: “DIES OF THIRST ON THE DESERT-Fate of a Stranger on the-Death Valley Borax Road. Found Unconscious and Revived by a Physician and His Wife. Opens His Eyes Only to Release Flood of Tears and Then Closes Them in Death. Special Dispatch to the Call. JOHANNESBURG, April 29. — Many prospectors have died of thirst near Lone Willow … More >


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GRANITE WELLS

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January 15, 1898: “Copper Mine Discovered. Randsburg, Cal., – Jan. 15. It is reported that a remarkable copper mine has been discovered near Granite Wells, about twenty-six, miles east. The percentage of copper in this mine is so strong that old horse shoes, wagon tires or iron hoop bands, when cast in to, the water of the shaft, in a … More >


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COPPER BASIN

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August 02, 1909: “Copper Near Randsburg H. Pigott, O. C. Liceit, William H. Schmidt and other Oil Center men have what they believe to be a valuable copper deposit In Copper Basin, eleven miles west of Randsburg. In addition to the copper ore, a silver and lead vein has been opened on the Castaway claims, A cross-cut on one of the ledges shows … More >


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JAWBONE CANYON

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TINDALL, KAHN, & BURCH August 20, 1911: “RANDSBURG RICH ORE. A ledge some 60 feet in width traced 1,500 feet to  the mother lode, plenty of water for milling, purposes land an assayer’s certificate showing that the ore runs over $91 to the ton in gold are the outstanding -facts behind the general  joyful feeling in the hearts of  A. … More >


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RED MOUNTAIN OTHER MINES AND CLAIMS PART 2

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While it is the intention of the Rand Desert Museum to have each claim posted in to the CLAIMS portion of each town this may not happen for some time while the mechanics of the Claims section are worked out.  In the mean time we are posting that information here so that is available to you.  When we get the … More >


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RED MOUNTAIN OTHER MINES, CLAIMS AND LEASES

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While it is the intention of the Rand Desert Museum to have each claim posted in to the CLAIMS portion of each town this may not happen for some time while the mechanics of the Claims section are worked out.  In the mean time we are posting that information here so that is available to you.  When we get the … More >


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RANDSBURG OTHER MINES AND CLAIMS

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While it is the intention of the Rand Desert Museum to have each claim posted in to the CLAIMS portion of each town this may not happen for some time while the mechanics of the Claims section are worked out.  In the mean time we are posting that information here so that is available to you.  When we get the … More >


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OTHER MINES, CLAIMS AND LEASES

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While it is the intention of the Rand Desert Museum to have each claim posted in to the CLAIMS portion of each town this may not happen for some time while the mechanics of the Claims section are worked out.  In the mean time we are posting that information here so that is available to you.  When we get the … More >


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LAST CHANCE DISTRICT

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BOOB McNUTT February 18, 1920: “E. B. DOOLEY HAS LOCATED the Boob McNutt claim in the Last Chance district.” – Bakersfield Californian COPPER CLIFF MINING COMPANY January 30, 1900: “Four copper claims owned by the Copper Cliff Mining company near Koehn”s springs near Randsburg are looking well. The ore assays over $20 a ton in copper and about $15 gold … More >


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RED ROCK MINING DISTRICT

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LACROSSE CLAIM January 8, 1917—A. L. Cram – Lacross claim, Red Rock District. ” – Bakersfield Californian ST. LOUIS CLAIM January 8, 1917:  “MINING CLAIM FILED —C Harry E. Dunham and J. E. Smith – St. Louis Claim—Red Rock district” – Bakersfield Californian


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FREMONT PEAK

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BYRNE & WIICKERT June 29, 1908: “Pat Byrnes and Chris Wickert are developing their group of claims at Fremont peak and they report several rich stringers of free milling ore in their main tunnel.” – The Herald MASON February 10, 1923: “SOME 30 TONS from the Mason Property near Fremont Peak milled at this mill (Black Hawk).  The cleanup went … More >


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OLD DUTCH CLEANSER (CUDAHY MINE)

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January 31, 1923:  “FULLERS EARTH MINE—A great enterprise is that which is now being advanced by the Cudahy Packing Co., a few miles south of the old town of Garlock on the Southern Pacific railroad.  This was at one time the center of milling operations in this district, and some very rich ore was run through the Mills.  These operations … More >


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INTRODUCTION

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March 1, 1922:  “BIG DEVELOPMENTS IN RAND DISTRICT—Twenty Four Companies Are Doing Work or to Start Soon—Randsburg, March 1.—According to a committee of local mining men who have just completed a canvass of the local field, there are, in addition to “the California Rand Silver Incorporated (locally the “Big Silver”) and the Randsburg Silver Mining Company (Coyote), 24 live, active … More >


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Summit Diggings

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February 05, 1894: “SUMMIT – Summit camp is east from Goler, and from there also good reports come. A miner named Van Slyke is working there; he has two or three partners working with him. A person who was at the camp recently says when he was there Mr. Van Slyke was absent, having gone after supplies, and to sell … More >


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GARDEN STATION (SEARLES)

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POSTOFFICE

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ESTABLISHED                                                 APRIL 10, 1896                                                       DISCONTINUED           … More >


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SCHOOL

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September 12, 1911: “THE RANDSBURG SCHOOL opened yesterday with Miss Alice Peter in charge.  Miss Lena Reynolds is in charge at Johannesburg and Miss Alma Roberts at Atolia.”—Bakersfield Morning Echo April 28, 1916: “NEED BIGGER SCHOOL—Atolia’s school will be improved.  It is already overcrowded and another teacher and room will be needed as soon as they can be secured.  The … More >


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ASSAYER

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O. E. Avery O. E. Avery was listed in the 1898 California State Gazetteer & Business Directory as being a assayer in Garlock. F. W. Carlisle Los Angeles Herald repirted in their September 5 edition that” F. W. Carlyle, formerly of Los An geles, has a very complete establishment, where ores, bullion and minerals are assayed and analyzed. He givesspecial attention … More >


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HARNESS SHOP

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L. E. HOFFMAN Listed in the September 5, 1897 edition of the Los Angeles Herald as the proprietor of a Harness shop in Garlock.


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BARBERS

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J. LYSER Listed in the September 5, 1897 edition of the Los Angeles Herald as the proprietor of a Barber shop in Garlock.


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POST OFFICE

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Originally established as Osdick on February 14, 1922 with Peter J. Osdick as Postmaster.  The name was changed to Red Mountain on May 6 to be effective July 1, 1929.  This order was rescinded June 14, 1929.  The name was finally changed to Red Mountain,  August 24, to be effective September 14, 1929. Discontinued October 31, 1960.  Established as Rural … More >


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MARRIAGES, DEATHS AND BIRTHS

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MARRIAGES April 6, 1907:  “Last Monday afternoon, in Hotel Beale parlor, Gertrude Schoonmaker and Charles S. Taylor, of Randsburg were united in wedlock, Rev. W. G. Blakely performing the marriage ceremony.  Mrs. Taylor is the daughter of J. L. Nelson, of Peach Springs, and is known and respected by the people of this county for her unblemished character and amiable … More >


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AUTO STAGES

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April 25, 1916:  “TAFT-ATOLIA STAGE SERVICE IS STARTED—Taft, April 25 – To care for the increased traffic to Atolia, Kellogg and Hessick, the Taft-Fellows stage owners have installed a three times a week service to and from the mining camp. The stages will leave the Alvord hotel Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 a.m. returning they will arrive Tuesday, Thursday … More >


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Charles Koehn (The Bismark Of the Desert)

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November 1, 1893:  “POST OFFICES have been established at Koehn, Kern County, with Charles Koehn as Postmaster.  The Morning Call November 22, 1896: “KANE SPRINGS Twenty-six miles from Mojave and twenty-five from Randsburg a new and desirable vista presents itself to the east or west-bound traveler—a veritable “oasis in the desert,” and which will ere long doubtless become a popular resort for … More >


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