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Rand Desert Museum

Welcome to The Rand Desert Museum web site.  Please use the navigation above to view historical information relating to specific areas.  The links on the left are for information about the museum and other info which relates to the entire Rand Desert area.  To view a larger version of ANY image on the web site, simply click it.  Then click … More >


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Upcoming Events

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NEXT MEETING BLACK JACK NIGHT November 23, 2013. Held on the Saturday night before Thanksgiving.  This is a fundraiser for the Museum.  We play Blackjack for phony money.  After the playing is over there is an auction for items which you may buy with your phony money.  There is also an auction for items which you can buy with real … More >


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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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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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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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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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EL PASO MOUNTAINS, BLACK MOUNTAIN, AND RADEMACHER HILLS

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January 15, 1897:  In the Rademacher district there is much activity in mining. Forty-seven camps have been established. Considerable work is being done on Dr. Echafer’s mine, and also on the Rademacher, Louis Riggs’, McKinney Brothers’ and the O’Connor and Rutherford properties. A couple of arrastras are being run in that district. At present most of the ore is being … More >


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MARRIAGES, BIRTHS AND DEATHS

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DEATHS April 29, 1897:  “A MINER MURDERED – THE SLAYER KILLS HIMSELF IMMEDIATELY – JOHANNESBURG, CAL., (Regular Correspondence.) On Friday a terrible tragedy occurred five miles north of Garlock, which resulted in the death of Ben and John Higglns, who, with another brother, William, were living In a tent and engaged in mining in the vicinity. A Mr. Campbell, of … 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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KING SOLOMON MINE

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September 15, 1896: “ASHFORD MINES (QUARTZ) —This group is 1 ½ miles E. of Randsburg at 3,800’ elevation, and comprise the Eagle’s Nest, Fairy Prince, Fairy Queen, Hector, King Solomon, Magpie, Miranda, Pinmore, Rocket and Wasp. The veins are small, 6” to 12” wide, and have a general course of S. E. and N. W. Only surface work is done … More >


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SECTION BK-25

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MINING CLAIMS OF SECTION BK-25 BLUE Claim boundaries and names are those shown by Cleveland Taylor, 1925 and Troxel & Morton, 1962. GREEN boundaries and names are those shown by Shepard, Wheeler & Rhodes, 1897. Where claims straddle two Sections, we’ve put the text in the Section using up the most real estate. For the purposes of organizing the mountain … More >


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Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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