CALIFORNIA RAND SILVER (AKA KELLY, RAND DIVIDE, BIG SILVER)

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SUMMARY: 1925: “On April 12, 1919, the discovery of the ore bodies now being worked by California Rand Silver Mine was made by Jack Nosser and W. H. Williams. The original outcrop of the ore occurred only about 30 feet from a well-traveled road on the Juanita claim, a gold property. The outcrop contained abundant cerargyrite, assays of surface material … More >


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RANDSBURG SILVER MINING COMPANY ( COYOTE )

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SUMMARY: The Randsburg Silver Mining Company, Inc. holds 16 claims or fractions located to the southeast, northeast , and northwest of the California Rand Silver property.  The chief workings of the company are in the Coyote Mine.  The Coyote shaft, 1. ½ compartment, vertical and 730 feet deep is located 500 feet southeast of the California Rand No. 2 shaft.  … More >


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SANTA FE ( NEVADA WORTLEY CONSOLIDATED MINES COMPANY, GREAT WESTERN MINING COMPANY

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February 27, 1923: “…and the Santa Fe shaft is touching the hundred.” –Bakersfield Californian February 19, 1924: “ SANTA FE AND SILVER PICK CLAIMS SOLD AT RANDSBURG—Randsburg Feb. 19, Clark Wortley and associates, have closed the deal for the much sought after Santa Fe property, also taking over the Silver Pick adjoining, making $10,000 as a first payment on a … More >


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The Early Camps

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RED MOUNTAIN as a town is the latest of names for the community that grew up around the big silver strike in the Rand district. Originally there were two settlements Hampton and Osdick. Osdick was known by several names such as Inn City, Gin City and Sin City.According to local lore an old man called “Daddy Shaw” hung up a … More >


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OSDICK SCHOOL DISTRICT

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May 27, 1924:  “Osdick School Will Have Closing Program—Commencement exercises for the graduation of Osdick Grammar school pupils will be held Wednesday evening, May 28, at 7:30 o’clock at the Osdick Pavilion.  The class motto of the graduating students is “Keep Smiling,” and the class colors green and pink. Students to receive diplomas from the Osdick Grammar school, Wednesday evening … More >


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RED MOUNTAIN CLAIMS – SECTION KEY MAP

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SECTION CS-31

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SECTION CS-32

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SECTION DS-06

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SECTION DS-05

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SECTION ES-07

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SECTION ES-08

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BARBERS

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FLOWER’S BARBER SHOP On 7 June 1922 an advertisement was found for Flower’s Barber Shop in the Rand District News.


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BOARDING, ROOMING, AND LODGING HOUSES

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CHILDS & DANCEY — OSDICK BOARDING HOUSE On 7 June 1922, in the Rand District News, an advertisement for the Osdick Boarding House appeared.  It was located on Hampton Avenue, which is the road that runs directly up to the Kelly Mine from Highway 295 (Nosser Ave.). appeared in the Rand District News. They offered a first class short order … More >


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GARAGES

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P. J. OSDICK — OSDICK GARAGE In the Rand District News , on 7 June 1922 , an advertisement appeared in the Rand District News for the Osdick Garage. Pete Osdick havingbeen on the ground floor of this strike evidently made a bit of money and opened a garage.  When the town of Osdick burnt down in 1922 all of … More >


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ICE CREAM PARLORS

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Hasking & Logan– Osdick Ice Cream Parlor Advertised in the June 7, 1922 edition of the Rand District News, the ice cream parlor was located on Hampton Ave. in Osdick.


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MERCHANTS

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J. J. Apple — APPLE’S MARKET When Appel’s Market opened sometime in 1923 or 1924 it featured vegetables, fruits, eggs, butter, cheese, milk, bakery goods, poultry and fish.  After Prohibition was appealed the market also sold whiskey, drugs and notions.  The Appel Market was still doing business in 1950’s. F. B. ADAMS — OSDICK CASH STORE From an advertisement in … More >


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RESTAURANTS

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PALACE CAFE The Barstow Printer reported in January of 1920 that Mrs. Jennie White; the hostess of the Palace Cafe married Edwin Halloway and old time resident of Randsburg LEROY & COSTLEY — MOCHA RESTAURANT An advertisement for the Mocha Restaurant was found in the June 7, 1922 edition of the Rand District News. On April 14 1923 a fire … More >


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SPEAKEASYS, POOLHALLS, AND OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS OF ILL REPUTE

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CASEY’S PLACE — On 7 June 1922 the following advertisement appeared in the Rand District News. CRUSE & BAKER — MINER’S POOL HALL On 7 June 1922 the following advertisement appeared in the Rand District News. JOHN LEONARD — JACK’S PLACE On 7 June 1922 the following advertisement appeared in the Rand District News HENRY NATHANIEL “TEX’ SMITH — MONKEY … More >


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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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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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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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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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