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Randsburg, Ca.

Spring of 1897



A wonderfully detailed photo of Randsburg nearing the height of her boom. The photo, starting in the left foreground and moving right shows: the J. I. C. Mine, the Wedge Mine, the Kinyon Mine, and the Little Butte Mine across "Fiddler's Gulch"; on the left is the Tehachapi Milling and Lumber Yard, across the street and to the right is a large wood building which is the skating rink, the scene of many celebrations and weddings. To the left of the skating rink is W. A. Coon & Company, Palace Billiard Parlor & Bar, later to become Morgan & Rogers, the Randsburg Fuel & Oil Company, and across the street and a bit downhill is a large two-story building, the Rand Lodging House. Across the street the two story building is the Illingworth home (known locally as the Jewell House). Moving on down the street on the same side as the Rand Lodging House, past a few wood buildings and tents is a brown and white building with a false front. This is the Mountain View Saloon. The fourth building down from that is the Illingworth Miner's Supply store, then McGinnis Boarding House, and the next large building is Phillip's House which was destroyed in the May, 1898 fire. Across the street is the Orpheus Theatre (a house of ill repute). Everything on Butte Avenue to the west of the Orpheus Theatre and Phillips House was destroyed in the January, 1898 fire. Most of the rest of the business district on Rand and the west side of Broadway was also destroyed.


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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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