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    by Yaqui Updated May 19, 2013

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    Built as a two story frieght house in December of 1897 served the community until the railroad station was retired in 1933 and when the rails were removed in 1933, the frieght station house was sold and dismantled. Please look at the wonderful detailed web site and it will show the historic frieght station house, while it was being dismantled, and what the two halves looked at one time. The top part is very lovely now. It caught my eye and I told my hubby there is something special about this house and I was right on the money too!!!

    The top half of the house is currently at the corner of the The Rand and Panamint streets and has been nicely restored. The bottom part of the railroad house is (right behind it, see photo) a blue and white house currently at the corner of Oompaul and Panamint streets. This is believed to have been built with the wood from the depot first story.

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    by Yaqui Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    Located up on the hill by the cemetery. Take The Rand and go towards to the very last road at the top and it goes right, and you will see the mine ahead and the cemetery to the right. This mine part of the Rand Mining district. King Solomon Mine started in 1896 and produced apprx. $500,000 gold between 1919-1942. Obviously they didn't keep prior records in 1896 probably from busting their backs continously. Although, $500,000 is a lot of dinero for its day.

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    The lovely Pink building on the right

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    This building caught my eye and I am glad I took a picture of it. As it turns out, it was built in 1913 as a local hotel and now serves as a residence. It is being restored by its present owner, but it is for sale now too. It is located right on Highway 395. What made it popular during its days it was just down the street from the railroad depot. Now it sits along a very busy 395 watching the traffic fly by. So take some time and explore this community.

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    by Yaqui Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    One of those little roadside treasure shops I call them. You never know what you will find in them. It reminded me of Route 66 and all those roadside trinket shops that use to line them to and from. It was nice to see that someone was still trying to be enterprising.

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Johannesburg Off The Beaten Path

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    by Yaqui Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    Michael J. Adams X-15 Crash Site Memorial is located just north of Johannesburg, Ca. It is dedicated in honor of Major Michael J. Adams who died during while reentry crash in an X-15 rocket plane in the Mojave Desert on November 15, 1967. He was the first astronaut to die during a space flight. This memorial was erected in May of 2004 by the Boy Scout of America.

    Please check the weather and dress accordingly. You can drive your regular vehicle, but do so slowly since it is a dirt road. Locals said it's only a 15 minute walk from your car if you park safely along the road on Highway 395.

    Weather for Johannesburg, Ca

    While traveling along Higway 395 into Johannesburg, you will see the Trona Road turn off there. Travel appx 4.1 miles. Turn northwest (left) on the dirt road near two rock cairns. Travel west on the winding road for a ½ mile, past an old pickup cab and white painted tire.

    Any more question please contact:
    Bureau Of Land Management
    Ridgecrest Field Office
    300 S. Richmond Road
    Ridgecrest, Ca 93555

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    by Yaqui Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Although, it may appear you out in the middle of no where, your not! Yes, it can be either hot, cold, windy or even just right, there are services around here. A Texaco gas station and Post Office is right on Highway 395. That day appeared to be gathering of locals enjoying the picnic tables outside and chatting away. Ridgecrest is not too far from here also.

    Fondest memory: See the billboard next to the station....lol? Domingo's which is popular in Boron and Techachapi! I think we all are linked to our wonderful desert communities.

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    by Yaqui Written Sep 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: These picnic area and I think restrooms towards the back is located right behind the Rand Community District Buildings right on Highway 395 and Comstck Ave. We pulled off so I could take some pictures and we discovered picnic area tables. Not too sure of the restrooms though. At least there is area you can just sit and relax if you want too.

    Rand Communities Water District
    501 Comstck Avenue
    Johannesburg, CA 93528
    (760) 374-2414 or 2472

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