Silver Dollar Café is located right on 395. I don't think it is open for business at all. Yet, this was a place for locals to frequent because it is a place where they can gather and chat about everyday events. I looked into the window and the décor is simple. Maybe someday it will reopen.
I was investigating some more information about this establishment, it has quite the past. During the 1920’s to the 30’s this establishment was known as the Silver Dollar Saloon that was a favorite because it had the most popular girls….cough….cough…..that lured many miners as well as the attraction of gambling and liquor.
Red Light District Ladies
There are two plaques above the door that read:
A Salute to the Red Mountains
Keeper of the Elephant
Good Neighbors to the Girls
And Purveyors of Joy
E.C.V Billy Holcomb Chapter
May 4, 1975
One of the Richest Silver Strikes
Occurred in the community of Red Mountian
The Kelly and Grady Claims started a Silver
Boom which brought prosperity to this region in the
1900’s. In one 60 day period over $170,000 in Silver
Was mined from a hole less than 75 Feet Deep
Billy Holcomb Chapter
E.C.V. May 1978
Billy Holcomb Plaque Site No.10 & 15
Few local miners still burrow underground lured by the rich yellow gleam of gold. Most gold now recovered from California's Rand Mining District is microscopic in size, and so finely dispersed that it is invisible to the naked eye. Rock containing as little as .02 ounces of gold per ton is considered "ore" menaing that it can be mined at a profit. From this vantage point, you can watch the Baltic Mine's excavation of approximately 50,000 total tons per day. When test reveal that gold content in one area is too low to be mined exonomically, material is hauled to a waste rock stockpile. Rock classified as ore is added in thin layers to the heap leach pad on your right, which was started in July 1993. The leach pad is constructed with an impermeable liner beneath it. Atop the pad, a network of tubes constantly drip a barren dilute sodium cyanide solution. Cyanide exhibits a strong affinity for gold and silver, which is dissovles from the ore, one minute particle at a time, as gravity draws the solution downward through the heap leach pad toward waiting collector piples.
Off of Dirt road west off Red Mountain Rd to Randsburg Loop to Butte Ave (Look for R66 Marker)
During its early beginning it was a simple mining shaft mined by Hampton Williams and Jack Nosser, which was provided by Edith Coons. This formed the KCN shaft which established the Town of Osdick, which was later renamed to Red Mountain in 1929. Not much was panning out by the shaft, but perseverance still prevailed by these two miners who was encourage by the Kern County Assessor John Kelly to look else where and bought a claim from the son of a deceased miner. It turns out to be very prosperous and the new mine was called Kelly Silver Mine and produced an estimated $12 million until 1929.
The Kelly Mine can be seen if you exit from Highway 395 onto Red Mountain Road.