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Randsburg, Ca.

Randsburg Railway



Randsburg Railway December 1897.

This image represents the earliest known photo of the Randsburg Railway and appears to be a construction crew laying rails. When enlarged the three men on the second car from the right are seen to be only two. The third is a ghost figure caused by one of the men changing position during the exposure of the negative, possibly the man on the left, standing on a box. Photo taken between what is now Red Mountain, California and Johannesburg, California. It was along this stretch that a couple of miners in an attempt to extort money from the Randsburg Railway Company staked out a claim and proceeded to dig a shaft, causing an armed standoff with the track laying crew. The contractor laying the track withdrew and when the miners went home for the night the crew was brought back in and the shaft filled and the track laid over it effectively ending the dispute.


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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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