Historic Randsburg

Historic Randsburg (HM10FI)

Location: Johannesburg, CA 93554 Greene County
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N 35° 21.051', W 117° 37.904'

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Rand Camp began as a tent city, erected by eager miners who rushed to the Mojave Desert following a major gold discovery in April 1895. A year later, the town of 1,500 had been renamed "Randsburg." Saloons sprouted, a U.S. Post Office was established, and the community's first newspaper, "The Randsburg Miner," appeared. By 1900, Randsburg's 3,500 inhabitants had a "30 stamp" ore crusher, bank, churches and theaters. Railroad tracks soon connected the nearby town of Johannesburg to Kramer's Junction, some 25 miles to the south. At the turn of the century, when gold was worth only $12 to $16 an ounce, Randsburg's famous Yellow Aster Mine recovered $3 million in gold. In 1911, the take was $6 million. Most of the visible, or "free gold," in the Rand Mining District already had been found before WWII, when gold mines nationwide were classified as "non-essential" industries, and closed. Technological developments now over shadow earlier methods of extracting free gold from low-grade ores economically feasible. During boom and bust, fires and war, smallpox and influenza epidemics, Randsburg tenaciously has clung to life. It still does.
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5:32am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 442600 N 3912135
Decimal Degrees35.35085000, -117.63173333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 21.051', W 117° 37.904'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 21' 3.06" N, 117° 37' 54.24" W
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Area Code(s)760
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 811-833 Red Mountain Rd, Johannesburg CA 93554, US
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