Randsburg Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui

Randsburg Things to Do

  • Randsburg Jail

    Ok, this structure has a lot of character and it the welcome mat into the town if your coming from Highway 395. It welcomes you with a sign, a historical marker and the towns jail..........LOL! Kind of like saying..."Your welcome, be good, or you'll be in put into the hoosegow! Inside you'll find what appears to be what it was like during its hey...

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  • Rand Desert Museum

    Rand Desert Museum has the stinction of being one of the first musuems in Kern County in 1942. It was given to the county in 1948. It was closed that day, which was disappointing because it was Saturday. Oh well, sometimes offices have trouble filling enough personel for remote offices. At least we enjoyed the musuem located in the little courtyard...

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  • The Ice House

    This establishment was closed that day, so we didn't get to go inside. It does have lots of character and once again I surmise this was the towns ice house at one time.

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  • Barber Shop

    From some historical photographs this little establishment has been around a very long time. The building is a testament to time for this community. The town has fixed up theses three little stores. You can peek into the barber shop and still see the barber's chair and some of the furniture. I teased my sons that I was taking them in and they were...

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  • Randsburg Methodist Church 1934

    I cannot find any historical content on this lovely church other that it served many respectable individuals or families that took their solace within the walls of this Church. This community still roared around the 1930's when this church was built. As with most religious structures was often a sanctuary that this growing community leaned on to...

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  • White Butterfly

    This building is now part of the "White House Saloon and no longer a jewelry store."Checkout the displays just outside the store. It caught my attention.

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  • Fasig's Antiques or old School House?

    This antique shop had some really neat antiques. We didn't stay too long in it because my youngest was hot and tried and needed some refreshment right away. Yet, once refreshed we headed along the street towards the back of Butte Ave, which is Lexington, we noticed structures right behind Fasig's store. They appeared to be school rooms to me, so I...

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  • Santa Barbara Catholic Church 1904

    Like many booming mining communities, religious structure was often a sanctuary that most communities leaned on to create a stable environment especially for those whom seeking a quieter life style. Although, the town burst of thirsty miners or just some saddle tramp looking to burn off the frustration of a mudain back busting life in the solace of...

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  • Old Post Office 1896

    This business is closed and the building is empty now.(It use to have unusal crafts of folk art and many type of art made out of recycled items. Checkout the bottle art tree just outside.

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  • First Adobe Building 1903

    In October of 1897 Mr. Jones opened a dry good store in Randsburg. His building was wiped out in the great fire of May 1898, but saved most of his stock by placing it in a fireproof cellar. After the fire he immediatly built a new adobe building which according Goerge McPherson in his History of Randsburg, was the firt adobe built in town. About 5...

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  • The General Store

    Nicholas Miller came to Randsburg in Dec of 1896 and opened a drug store. It burned down twice in the 1898 fires. He rebuilt again in 1900, but later sold it to George W. Turner and he too discovered having a store of timber was easily to burned down in the fire of 1903. Once again was rebuilt in 1904, but with a wonderful soda fountain that is...

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  • Landscape of Mining Equipment...

    Around the town there are huge piles of mining tailings, as well as old mining equipment from the bygoing era. Here and there, "no trespassing" signs are posted, presummably to protect the stakes still held by miners, but also to keep visitors and off-road vehicles from falling into the mining pits. Some mining activity still continues for gold,...

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  • Randsburg Museum

    The residents have voluteered and brought together a fine collection of old rusty mining cars, carriages, and locomotives for display in a desert garden setting. I had read that the Randsburg Museum is open weekends and long weekend holidays, 10:00 AM to 5 PM, but when we were there on President's Day holiday, the museum building itself was closed....

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  • Walk or Drive Past the Residences...

    The town still lives as there are a number of modest looking homes to walk past just off the main drag.

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  • More Downtown Buildings...

    There are plenty of windows to look through, and with the back drop of the high desert scenery, it's a great place to give the kids some exercise. There are at least three active churches in town.

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Randsburg Restaurants

  • Hamburgers Yum!

    The White Horse Saloon was thought to first open as Whitehouse in the late 1800's under the management of H.B. Moses Elder and his brother Emmett Elder. Samuel K. Dickerson bought it in 1906 and operated as a saloon until 1915. It was known as a lively places where prize fighters came. Dickerson ran his saloon from the basement and leased the...

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  • Opera House Theatre/ Cafe'/New Post...

    This unique business has a banquet hall and cafe. Their banquet hall facilities offer fine service and food, with other added amenities of a real stage and wet bar. They can cater and create a personalized menu plan or just select from their regular menu. Opera House actors perform in period costumes and perform plays of the old days. The Red Rock...

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  • Still Kicking

    Henry Rott an German immigran was knows as a baker and confectioner in the 1898 according to the Great Register of Voters. During a 1900 Census, Henry Rott was known to be 57 years old. Henry ran the Steam Baery until 1904 until Mrs. W.O. Martha Lidy of Johannesburg bought half interest. In 1905 they purchased an Edison Heating and Lighting Plant...

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Randsburg Transportation

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    by atufft Written Feb 20, 2007

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    From Kramer's Junction at the corner of Highways 58 and 395, travel north 29 miles to Johannesburg, and then look for the sign for Randsburg, which is on the left side of the road. Take Joberg Road about a mile into town. Alternatively, it's possible to arrive over good pavement from the junction of Highway 58 and 14. Take 14 north about 20 miles to Redrock/Randsburg Road, then turn right and continue for about 8 miles until arriving in town. While traffic along highways 58 and 395 can be heavy at times, Hwy 14 and Redrock/Randsburg Road are delightfully desolate desert highways. In summer, make the car is in good repair though before starting off.

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Randsburg Shopping

  • Spanish Merchandise

    Sorry to say this store is not open anymore. Yet, there is another business here in it's place.What a wonderful find. Not too many shops were open due to bad business according to the gentleman who had fortunatley for us had his shop open that day. I found some vases that I just had to have for my home and later we returned to buy some refreshment...

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  • Ore or ?.........ha!

    Another one of those antique stores where its name hints around what use to be very popular during it's hey day....could it be referring to the red light district? Any ways, its all in fun. During my second visit, it was open..yay! This wonderful lovely lady who worked there, was bright and cheery. I bought a couple of insulators. My oldest sister...

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  • Antiques and more....

    Not open the day we were there, but had such character on the outside. Most of the buidings were all so interesting to see. It makes you wonder what most were and who built them. Supposely has lots of bottles, antiques, furniture and so many assorted things.Open Weekends

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Randsburg Warnings and Dangers

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    by Yaqui Updated Sep 28, 2007

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    As you may already gather. The if there is any type of a fence it is there not for only to protect peoples property, IT IS THERE FOR YOUR SAFETY!!! If you really feel the need to take a look, you better ask first or you may find yourself trespassing and I am sure the locals really frown on it. So keep an eye your little ones and the big ones while browsing the town.

    California’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program Fact Sheet Stay Out - Stay Alive!

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Randsburg Off The Beaten Path

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    by Yaqui Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    While browsing this wonderful area, I wanted to see if the Opera House Cafe was opened. Well, darn it wasn't, but as we head down the steps on the right that take you to the cafe we discovered this facade of a western town. So we all had some fun taking pictures of ourselves among the facade. The boys loved it!!

    Used during their Randsburg Annual Old West Days, which is held in September sponsored by The Rand Desert Museum. They have lots of food, music, and family fun from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. So keep that in mind if you decide to head here for the first time or if you ever want to return to see it. We were doing the Lancaster Aerospace Walk of Fame that day or we would have gone here instead. Next Year!!!

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Randsburg Favorites

  • Kern County Fire Department No. 75

    Ahhhhhh........ha! I bet your wondering why I included this. Well, a lot of people are probably thinking why in earth would they need a fire station here of all places. Could it be that maybe other communities nearby that are in need of this service. Let's not forget Johannesburg or Red Mountain, which is a stone throws away. Plus, the busy 395...

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  • Public Restroom and Covered Rest area

    Yay...I am glad they have one. It beats a tumble weed anytime:-) Most of the businesses rather you use this facility, although they do reserve their restrooms for paying customers only. They are just up the hill from the The General Store and right next to the Rand Desert Musuem on Butte Ave. In fact what is really neat about this rest area is it...

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