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Barstow, Ca.

Goldstone Ghost Town

2003


Goldstone Ghost Town refers to the remnants of a former mining town located in the Mojave Desert in California, USA. Goldstone was established during the late 19th century as a result of mining activities in the area. The town got its name from the nearby Goldstone Springs.

Goldstone experienced a boom during the gold and silver mining era, but like many other mining towns, it eventually declined as the ore deposits were exhausted. The decline of mining activities led to the abandonment of the town, and today, it is considered a ghost town with only remnants of its past.

One notable feature of Goldstone is the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, which is operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The complex includes large antennas used for communication with spacecraft and deep space probes.

Keep in mind that information about specific locations, especially those that are not widely known or heavily documented, may change over time.

Goldstone Index

More of a site than a ghost town, there are only a few scattered foundations and some rubble to be found. The area is now home to NASA's Deep Space Network.

Goldstone

The Goldstone district is in northwestern San Bernardino County about 35 miles north of Barstow, in what is now the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station, Mojave Range. The district was active in 1915 to 1918, in the 1920s, and again just before World War II. There are several shallow gold-quartz veins in limestone, siliceous shales, and associated diorite dikes. Several high-grade pockets have been discovered. Copper and silver also are present.

- Bulletin 193 California Division of Mines and Geology 1976

History of Goldstone

Gold was reportedly discovered at Goldstone as early as the 1880s. During the late summer of 1910, a well was being sunk by ...








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