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Randsburg, Ca.

Loading Ore at the Yellow Astor

Loading Ore at the Yellow Astor Mine

The Rand Mountain Mine being tied up by litigation until 1897 did not mill much ore as Pat Reddy had not provided the funds to build a mill while he held an option on the property. When the law suit between Reddy and the original discoverers was settled the name of the mine was changed to the Yellow Astor and ore began to flow to the mills. Milling was primarily done in Garlock, California, a haul of about ten miles. Although various mills in Garlock were utilized, the primary mill was the Visalia Mill which the Yellow Astor Mining and Milling Company held under lease until they built their own mill in 1898. Patrick Reddy was known as the best lawyer in the West during the 19th century. He came to Virginia City, Nevada in the 1860s as a miner and was a contemporary of Samuel Clemens. During his time there he lost an arm in a saloon gun fight before moving to Aurora, Nevada. He followed the early mining strikes to Independence, California where he became an attorney. Next he moved to Bodie where he opened a practice. Following Bodie, his ever present mining dream took him to Randsburg. After the turn of the century he moved to San Francisco where he practiced law until his death.


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  • Introduction
  • Randsburg, California - Circa 1896 - 1898
  • Earliest Known Photograph
  • Town Constable (Saloon Owner)
  • Stagecoach Arriving
  • The O.K. Lodging House
  • C. W. Tucker and Main Street Saloon
  • Loading Ore at the Yellow Astor
  • Tehachapi Milling and Trading
  • Rand Development Company
  • Stage Lines, Saloons & Construction
  • Saloons, Gambling Halls & Prostitutes
  • Rare Randsburg Winter
  • Randsburg 1897
  • Saloons and Stage Office
  • "Tent City"
  • C. W. Tucker Photographic Studio
  • Broadway Street
  • C. W. Tucker and Wife at Home
  • Amazing Activity on Butte Avenue
  • Randsburg Railway
  • C. W. Tucker's Home and Studio
  • Rebuilding After the Fire
  • Stagecoaches and Saloon
  • Snow Ball Fight and Construction.
  • Spring of 1897
  • Bird's Eye View
  • Saloons and Prostitutes
  • Excavation for first stamp mill
  • Dry Washing for Gold


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