Randsburg Mines

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PRIDHAM & QUINN EUREKA MILL (KINYON MILL AND SNOW MILL)

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January 28, 1898: “It is stated on good authority that capitalists have decided to build a good mill on the Kenyon hill within the next thirty days.” – The Herald February 5, 1898: “A NEW STAMP MILL is to be erected on Fiddler’s Gulch on part of the ground belonging to the Kinyon mine.  The parties are now in Los … More >


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BLACK HAWK (EUREKA MINING AND MILLING CO.)

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February 11, 1896: “MESSERS SWARTHOUT, KUFFLE AND RICHARDS, owners of rich diggings at Goler, have a shaft down forty feet showing a good body of rich ore, about three miles from the Rand Mine.”  — The Californian February 18, 1896: “MESSERS SWARTHOUT, KUFFLE AND RICHARDS. are now down sixty-nine feet with their shaft on the Black Hawk and the eight … More >


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THE EARLY TOWN

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Although gold was first discovered in Randsburg in April 1895 the site did not develop immediately into a “camp” or town, with merchants.  While the strike made by Burcham, Singleton, and Mooers appeared to be “lousy rich pay dirt” the first real milling of ore did not occur until the fall of 1895.  Until this milling proved the value of the … More >


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BUTTE MINE (Butte Lode Mining Co., Consolidated Butte Mines Co., Sun Ray Mining Co.)

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Its former owners took out $45,000 in one year and it was their proud boast that they never drew a sober breath while it lasted.

SUMMARY: 1896: THE BUTTE GOLD DEPOSIT was discovered in 1896 by three brothers H. C., Sommers, and Tate Ramie.  By 1899, when the Butte Lode Mining Co. was formed, ore valued at approximately $140,000 had been produced.  The most productive mining periods were 1896-1912, 1916-1921, and 1925-42.  Most of the mining was done by lessees, the ore being milled by … More >


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THE WEDGE GOLD MINING, MILLING AND WATER SUPPLY COMPANY

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Mineral Survey No. 3473, Independence Land District, Located August 3, 1896, recorded August 5, 1896, known as Butte Wedge Quartz Mine, Surveryed July 1897, owner J. D. Browne, improvments of discovery shaft, ore house, whims, drifts, and office. September 15, 1896: BUTTE WEDGE MINE (quartz)  — It is the west extension of and contains about 70’ of the Butte Vein, … More >


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BALTIC MINE

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". . . From the moment (we bought the Baltic) on, the family was ever on the precarious but stimulating brink of riches or bankruptcy, though in true miner-fashion we totally disregarded the unpleasant possibilities of financial disaster, and kept our eyes on the brighter side of the picture. One more stroke of the pick, one more round of powder, down another foot or two. Who knew?" - Marcia Rittenhouse Wynn

SUMMARY: GOLD was discovered at the Baltic mine site in January 1896 by William and Wilson Logan.  It was mined by lessees until 1901.  The Baltic Co. operated the mine from 1901 until 1920.  The Rand Mining and Milling Co. acquired the mine in 1921 and operated it until 1923.  The Monarch Rand Mining Co. owned the mine in 1924; … More >


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RAND MOUNTAIN MINING CO. (YELLOW ASTER MINING & MILLING CO.

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"Unless all surface indications fail, they have a notable piece of mining property.” — The Californian

August 5, 1922: “AT RANDSBURG,  Kern County, Calif., active work is going on in thirty-five shafts, according to the U. S. Geological Survey.  The Yellow Aster is using diamond drills in prospecting its ground.  Twenty stamps of the mill are dropping. There has been excitement over a strike in the Mizpah mine, near Johannesburg.”  — Engineering and Mining Journal Press … More >


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RANDSBURG MINES INTRODUCTION

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" ---the desert camps also need less whiskey and more water.”

  July 27, 1896:  “THUS IT COMES ABOUT  that there are professional and amateur prospectors  by the hundreds who make this city their base of supplies, but spend their lives upon the deserts  And growing out of this fact is the further fact that there are not only gold prospectors, but grub-stake prospectors—men who systamaically bunco the unsophisticated denizens of … More >


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J. I. C. & EXCELSIOR MINES

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  January 10 1897:  “W. H Shin who has lately established a law office at Randsburg, in speaking of the remarkable mines of that district said yesterday. “I recently bought for $19,000 the Monkey Wrench, Big Wedge, and J. I. C. claims which lie over the mother lode.  The Kenyon people are working within fifty feet of the boundary ling … More >


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LITTLE BUTTE MINE

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Summary: 1962:   THREE PATENTED CLAIMS. Principal shaft inclined 60 degrees NE. and 610 feet deep with about 3,500 feet of drifts on levels spaced at 50-foot intervals. Shorter shafts and manways to the surface east of the main shaft. Principal periods of productivity were between 1897-1902, and during 1905-6. Estimated values of total gold output range from $150,000 to $400,000. … More >


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MONKEY WRENCH MINE

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January 10, 1897: “W. H SHINN, who has lately established a law office at Randsburg, in speaking of the remarkable mines of that district said yesterday. “I recently bought for $19,000 the Monkey Wrench, Big Wedge, and J. I. C. claims which lie over the mother lode.  The Kenyon people are working within fifty feet of the boundary ring of … More >


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MATTIE MINE

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     January 20, 1897:  “SOUTH OF THE BUTTE almost a mile and a half, is the Mattie mine, owned by S. C. Wilkinson.  Since June last, when he located the mine, he has taken out $1300 and has done all the work himself except about $100 paid for outside help.  In sinking a shaft forty eight feet, six feet … More >


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HARDCASH MINE

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Summary: 1962: LOCATED SW1/4NW1/4 sec. 1, T30S, R40E, MDM, Rand district, in Fiddlers Gulch, 1 mile southeast of Randsburg. Two patented claims and 4 unpatented claims. Principal shaft is 250-feet deep on an incline of 60 degrees NE. Drifts a few tens of feet long have been extended northwest on the 80 and 150 foot levels. Shallow workings developed to … More >


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SANTA ANA, NAPOLEON, AND YUCCA MINES

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February 20, 1897: “EX-COUNCILMAN F. S. MUNSON OF LOS ANGELES is here looking after his interest in the Santa Ana, Napoleon, and Mercedes, all in the same neighborhood or where the above work has been done.  These are good properties.  A good deal of work has been done on the two former and they have considerable ore sacked on the … More >


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SUNSHINE MINE (Fraction)

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Summary: 1962: LOCATION: NE. Corner sec. 11, T30S, R40E, MDM. Rand District. 1 ¾ miles south-southeast of Randsburg, on the East Side of a small hill on the southeast side of the Rand Mountains. The Sunshine mine has been operated intermittently since 1896; the principal periods of mining were 1896-1915, 1931-1937, 1938-1948. Total production probably lies within the range of … More >


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MINNEHAHA

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Summary: 1962: LOCATION – Sec. 3, T30S, R40E. MDM, Rand District, 1.1/4 miles southwest of Randsburg on the North flank of Government Peak.  Ownership 1957: Miss Rose Maginnis, and estates of ____Hansen and J. T. O’Leary own six patented claims (Minnehaha, Sunshine, Rustler, San Diego, Augnes, and Skyscraper, and two unpatented claims (Esparanza and Best Bet). The Minnehaha mine has … More >


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BIG GOLD MINE ( Big Tungsten, Bi-Metallic, West End)

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SUMMARY: 1962:  LOCATION: secs. 3 and 4, T.30S., R.40E., M. D. M. 1 ½ miles southwest of Randsburg, on the northwest flank of Government Peak, Rand Mountains. The Big Gold deposit was discovered in 1898 and was worked intermittently until 1923 by which time a 384-foot vertical two-compartment shaft has been sunk and more than 500 feet of horizontal working … More >


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WINNIE MINE

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SUMMARY: 1962:  LOCATED NE ¼ sec. 11, T30S. R40E. MDM, Stinger district, 2 miles south of Randsburg. Winnie mine is eastern part of Sophie Moren group of claims; adjoins west boundary of Merced Claim. Total output from mine is several hundred ounces of gold and an undetermined amount of tungsten. Principal mining periods of gold were intermittent intervals of 1899-1909 … More >


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METEOR MINE

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CHRONOLOGY: September 17, 1897:   A VERY PROMISING STRIKE of high grade ore was made on the Meteor a few days ago and it is rumored that the claim has been bonded for $50,000.  The Meteor joins the Minnehaha.” – Daily Californian October 04, 1897:  “T W. KELLEY and B. H. PRICE, who recently disposed of the Meteor mine, have established … More >


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ROSE MINES (Irene and May Queen )

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Irene Mine in the Stringer District of Randsburg circa 1898 — McPherson October 03, 1897: “JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 1— (Regular Correspondence.) Geo. M. Rose, who for several years has had extensive miming interests near Rapid City, South Dakota, a few weeks ago bonded the Irene and May Queen mines two miles west of Randsburg for several thou sand dollars. This week … More >


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STANFORD GROUP

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SUMMARY: 1962:  LOCATED SW. cor. Sec. 1. T30S, R40E MDM, Stringer district, 1 ¾ miles southeast of Randsburg. Stanford Group—Four patented claims. Mined principally 1898-1916, but some activity 1931-34, 1938-1941, 1946-48 and leased by Carl E. Stibs in 1957 who was working it principally for scheelite with a dry washer.  Principal workings consist of one shaft 425 feet deep and … More >


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ST. ELMO MINE

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July 28, 1896: “SAN BERNADINO COUNTY—FROM RANDSBURG — R. A. Powers is in receipt of a letter from his partner, Gen. W. D. McCourt, who is in Randsburg, saying that a rich strike has been made in that district, seven miles south of town. He says the property is very promising from surface indications. The ledge is traceable on the … More >


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OPHIR MILL (Willard & Harrison)—CUDDEBACK LAKE

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CHRONOLOGY: February 18, 1896: “Mr. McEwen, formerly of Kelso Valley, has sent to Los Angeles for well boring machinery and will erect a mill half-way between Fremont’s Peak and Randsburg, probably near Cuddeback’s wells.”  — Californian June 10, 1896: “SAN BERNARDINO BREVITIES—Roscoe Willard and Edgar Harrison came in from the mines in the Rand District last night say the Times-Index.  … More >


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WHITE MINE (Sidney Group)

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SUMMARY: LOCATED: NE1/4SE1/4 sec. 17, T30S, R40E, MDM, 4 ¼ miles southwest of Randsburg, on southeast edge of Rand Mts.  Eleven claims.  Developed by an inclined shaft on the Sidney vein and shafts on two other veins.  Sidney shaft is 275 feet deep on incline of 65 degrees to 70 degrees with levels at 70, 150, 200, 250, feet, contains … More >


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G. B. MINE

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SUMMARY: 1962:  THE G. B. MINE IS LOCATED at the center of sec. 1, T30S, R40E, MDM, Rand district 1 ¼ miles southeast of Randsburg adjacent to a paved county road. There is one claim, developed by 4 main shafts and other access shafts, numerous open cuts and stopes. Deepest shaft is next to road at north end of claim. … More >


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UNIONS, CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS,FRATERNAL GROUPS AND POLITICAL PARTIES

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WESTERN FEDERATION OF MINERS August 25, 1897: “A meeting of the miners of the Rand district was held at Randsburg Saturday night, at which all arrangements for the organization of a miners’ union were made. Officers were nominated and will also be voted upon at the next meeting of the union, when they will also be installed. The union begins … More >


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YELLOW ASTER MINING & MILLING CO. (Rand Mtn. Mining Co.)
- 1894 thru 1897

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Discovery and Litigation

SUMMARY: 1962: “YELLOW ASTER MINING & MILLING CO.. owns 49 patented and 6 unpatented claims. It was the principal source of gold in Kern County and had an output of $12,000,000 most of which was mined and sold at pre-1934 prices. The mine was operated continuously by the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co. from 1895 to 1918, closed until … More >


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YELLOW ASTER MINING & MILLING CO. (Rand Mtn. Mining Co.)
- 1898 thru 1901

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Major Development

January 31, 1898: “The Randsburg mines improve with depth. The Rand group, now incorporated under the name of the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company, is shipping per day from 50 to 75 tons of ore, taken from nearly a dozen different shafts, which runs, without sorting, from $25 to $75 per ton.” – The Sun March 3, 1898: “RANDSBURG, … More >


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YELLOW ASTER MINING & MILLING CO. (Rand Mtn. Mining Co.)
- 1902 thru 1909

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Under Ground Mining

July 06, 1902: “The Randsburg News says that the Yellow Aster Company is finding “glory hole mining satisfactory and that four men by this method can loosen and disintegrate from 150 to 200 tons per day.” – San Francisco Call June 28, 1902: “With the exception of the Homestake mine at South Dakota, and the mines of Alaska, the two … More >


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YELLOW ASTER MINING & MILLING CO. (Rand Mtn. Mining Co.)
- 1910 thru 1919

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The Glory Hole

January 9, 1910: “NEW EQUIPMENT for Aster.  Two seven ton engines and 21 three ton cars have just been added to the equipment of the Yellow Aster mine. As the mine is projected into the hill it becomes necessary to move more waste than formerly and the engines and cars in use were found inadequate. The engines were ordered some … More >


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YELLOW ASTER MINING & MILLING CO. (Rand Mtn. Mining Co.)
- 1920 thru Presen

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Leasing

May 15, 1920: ‘LOS ANGELES HAS BEEN SELECTED as the general place of business for the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company.” – Bakersfield Californian July 25, 1920: “J. M. DIKEMAN, formerly with the Yellow Aster mine at Randsburg, Calif., is with the Dives Mining company.” –Tombstone Epitaph May 4, 1921: “THE YELLOW ASTER WILL CLEAN OUT the old Goler Well.  It … More >


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CHURCHES

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EPISCOPAL December 23, 1896: “Rev. H. P. Case conducted a Sunday school last Sunday afternoon in an unfinished building on Butte Avenue and had a fair attendance.  He also preached in the evening in a room adjoining the post office.  This shows that Randsburg is not wholly given over to the pursuit of gold.  Some people are also interesting themselves … More >


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CELEBRATIONS

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         CHRISTMAS– December 27, 1896:  “DECEMBER 25 (REGULAR CORRESPONDENCE) CHRISTMAS IN A MINING CAMP, while subject to deprivation of many of the customs and pleasures incident to a higher civilization, is not altogether so dull as dwellers in cities might suppose.  Last night, the Christmas festivities began with a swell ball at the new skating rink, a … More >


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POST OFFICE

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Postmaster’s Daily Cash and Stock Summary –Randsburg April 12th, 1912 to April 19th, 1913. This book and the Postal Savings book were found in a Post Office in Eastern Oregon after being found in the attic of and old house in Oregon.  The Postal System sent them to Randsburg to be used as they seen fit.  Collection of Ilene Huss (Current Contractor in Charge of Randsburg Post Office.)

POSTMASTERS: FREDERICK M. MOOERS                          APRIL 16, 1896 AUSTIN M. YOUNG                                       JULY 28, 1897 CLYDE J. McDIVITT                                MARCH 31, 1906 JOSEPHINE MONTGOMERY                   APRIL 12, 1910 ELIZABETH B. TYLER (ACTING)    OCTOBER 2, 1922 ELIZABETH B. TYLER                        JANUARY 11, 1923 ELIZABETH B. REYNOLDS                   AUGUST 1, 1930  (NAME CHANGED BY MARRIAGE) ELIZABETH A. KNOWLTON       NOVEMBER 15, 1933  (NAME CHANGED BY MARRIAGE) MRS. RUTH B. EVANS (ACTING) JANUARY 14, 1938 MRS. … More >


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PROFESSIONALS (Doctors, Dentists, Attorneys, Engineers)

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ATTORNEYS– December 30, 1896: “Judge Adams, formerly of San Luis Obispo, but not of Oakland, came in a few days ago and hung out his sign as an attorney.”  — Los Angeles Daily Times DENTISTS– December 30, 1896: “Judge Adams, formerly of San Luis Obispo, but not of Oakland, came in a few days ago and hung out his sign … More >


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GOVERNMENT

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December 19, 1896:  “CLAIM JUMPING—Mojave, December 19,– Claim jumping at Randsburg has already commenced, and a few gun plays made, mostly bluffs, however, as no serious results lately have occurred.  It is thought at the beginning of the New Year, at which time a great many locations expire, there will be trouble in earnest and that the new cemetery will … More >


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RAND DISTRICT –ITS FIRES AND ITS FIRE DEPARTMENT

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July 09, 1897: “It has always been predicted that if a fire once started in Randsburg the greater portion of the town would be wiped out of existence. This prediction might have proved true this week if it had not been for the prompt and energetic action of some of the citizens of that city. On Sunday evening, about 11 … More >


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WATER COMPANIES

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January 26, 1897: “The best water now obtainable in Randsburg is piped in from the Skilllng’s well, which now furnishes one inch. The price is 4 cents a gallon in any quantity.” – The Herald January 26, 1897: “The well which Superintendent John Donalr and Mr. Francis are engaged in sinking at the half-way point on the route from this … More >


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KINYON MINE (Good Hope — Consolidated Mines Company )

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SUMMARY: 1962: East end of town of Randsburg, on south side of the main street through Randsburg.  The company owned the Good Hope, Standard, Four Hundred, Amended Galveston, and Twin Brother patented lode claims in 1949. The total output of gold from the mine was not determined, but is estimated by the writers to be valued at $50,000.  Most of … More >


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SMALLPOX EPIDEMIC

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DECEMBER 22, 1901: “NO SMALLPOX IN RANDSBURG — RANDSBURG, Dec. 21—Dr. Carson, health officer of Kern County, arrived here last night, and, after consulting and an examination of some of the patients suspected of having smallpox, pronounced the epidemic nothing but a mild form of skin disease. There are no new cases and the smallpox scare has no foundation in … More >


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MARRIAGES – BIRTHS – DEATHS

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MARRIAGES January 29, 1897:  “January 29, 1917: “TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY. FROM THE CALIFORNIAN OF THIS DATE –J. A. Dunn of Randsburg and Miss Rebecca Palmer of Hot Springs were united in marriage at the Arlington Hotel.” – Bakersfield Californian. April 12, 1897 — FIRST WEDDING IN RANDSBURG — Edgar Scott and Lottie Van Norman — see CELEBRATIONS  for particulars. August 24, … More >


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SCHOOLS

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TEACHERS RANDSBURG 1897/98 Miss Wores 1898/1900 Mrs. R. M. Rader 1900/04 W. A. McGinn 1904/05 C. M. Drake 1905/07 D. Gunderson 1907/11 Sue Spurlock 1911/12 Susan A. Peter 1912/16 Lena Reynolds 1916/17 Mabel Guernsey 1917/18 A. S. Fulton 1918/19 Nellie S. Gessell 1919/21 W. H. Linderman 1921/22 Mrs. Myrtle Copeland 1922/23 Marion I. Nelson 1923/24 Beatrice Atkenson 1924/25 Beatrice Cregier … More >


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FOOTBALL

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January 2, 1898:  “JOHANNESBURG’S VICTORY. Defeats Randsburg’s Brawny Men in a New Year’s Football Game.  RANDSBURG, Jan. I. — The game of football between Randsburg and Johannesburg to-day -was a most exciting contest. Twenty players from each camp took part. The kick-off was from the divide of Gold Hill and was won by Randsburg. Just as the ball was headed … More >


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STAGE LINES

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Mr. Sumner — The Bakersfield Daily Californian reported in April of 1896 that Mr. Sumner, formerly of Tulare, would be running a stage, every other day, direct between Mojave and Randsburg. A report of a drunken stage driver in the Visalia Morning Daily Delta, cannot be directly attributed to this stage line. However, it seems that the Visalia contingency in … More >


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AUTO STAGES

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Owens & Niehaus — In November of 1913 Owens & Niehaus were advertising in the Randsburg Miner that they were in the Auto-Stage business and had a five-passenger automobile for hire. W. J. Johnson –Livery and Auto Service A William J. Johnson was listed in 1920 Great register of voters as a Teamster in Randsburg.  19  Randsburg and Mojave Auto … More >


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FREIGHTERS

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George Washington Lloyd — Randsburg Transfer & Freighting Co. George Lloyd, a 35-year-old native of Illinois, came to Randsburg in the latter part of 1896. He was an enterprising man and soon started a feed yard and dealt extensively in hay and grain. In later years he also carried oil, coal, and fuel. In addition to his hay and grain business … More >


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RANDSBURG — COUNTY SEAT OF SAN ANTONIO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

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January 10, 1897: “A NEW COUNTY PROBABLE. I learned today that a bill will be introduced during the session for creating another new county. It is intended to take a slice out of Los Angeles, Kings and Tulare counties each and establish a new county of which, Randsburg, the wonderful mining town that has so recently blossomed into existent and … More >


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RANDSBURG CLAIMS – SECTION KEY MAP

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