RED MOUNTAIN

NAME: Red Mountain
COUNTY: San Bernadino
ROADS: 2WD
GRID #(see map): 3
CLIMATE: Located at 3600 ft. Some snow flurries in the winter about 90 in the summers.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Year round accessable. Best in the spring.
COMMENTS: Population 130 people.
located on Hwy 395 about 23 miles north of kramer junction and 23 miles south of Ridgecrest One of three Active Ghost Towns. Randsburg,Johanesburg and Red Mountain.
Vist the antique places (not a fancy area)
When in Randsburg visit the general store with the original soda fountain.

REMAINS:
Still alot of the original mining cabins and church. Also saloons.A lot of original houses lying off the highway that house the town's current population; Old gas station; Old general store that looks like heck but is still in use.

Booming mining district in the early 1920's.
About 400 residents between the three mining towns. The original name of Red Mountain was Osdick. Named after one of the origianl miners.
Active and social center for the mining district in the 30's Highlights of the Area 1895 April 25th,Gold discovered by three men, C.A. Burcham,F.M. Mooers And John Singleton. The place was Called "Rand Camp" Later Called "Yellow Aster Mine".
1896 Population 1500. First oficial post office on April 16,1896.
1897 First Bank was in Randsburg
First Grammar School
1898 Yellow Aster Mine builds a 30 stamp mill
Randsburg Railroad from Kramer junction completed on Jan. 5th
1899 Orpheum theatre was built.
Jan population 3500.
1900 Newspaper reports $3,000,000.00 in gold taken out.
1901 New Grammar School,New 100 stamp mill.
1903 Labor Strike at Yellow Aster Mine.
1904 Present Santa Barbara Church Built in Randsburg. Old one burned.
1905 Tungsten discovered in Atolia 5 miles down now hwy 395.
1911 Yellow Aster Mine took out 6,000,000.00 in gold.
1912 Mine has been in continuous operation for 17 yrs.
1913 Charles A. Burcham Dies.
1914 John singleton died in May leaving only Dr. Rose Burcham as the sole surviving member of the Yellow Aster Mine.
1915 Gold again in the headlines
Dave Bowman found a gold nugget in Red Rock Cajon that sold for $1,979.00.
Al Wiser and charles Koehn found nugget at their mine near Red Rock Cajon and Las Chance Canjon Rd.
Tungsten boom in Atolia again:price up to $90.00 per unit: 2,000 people in Atolia.
1917 WWI took many ppeople away from the mines and the flu epidemic also took its toll.
1918 Silver in large amounts found in what is now Re Mountain. A boom is on, the kelly mine (stamp mill still visible) being the biggest producer. Mining creates another boom of people.
1922 the Post office was established as Osdick (later called Red Mountain.)
1933 The randsburg RR., bought by the Sante Fe in 1903, discontinues operation
1935 Randsburg and Red Mountain are doing very well.
1930's Red Mountain was an active Liquor area during prohabiton and had very well known brothels.
1942 All gold mining is stopped in the US.
1984 With gold as high up as it is miners are trying again in the area.
1998 Rand's Mine is operating and still digging up gold. The Silver dollar and the Owl are still habited.
Acknowledgement to Jack H. McGinis for his research where most of this information was found, as well as a series of other small pamphlets.
Presently I have a mining cabin in Red Mountain. R.V.

Submitted by:: R. Vallerand


Church
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Red Mountain
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Red Mountain
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Red Mountain
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Red Mountain Mine Area
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Red Mountain Mine Area
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Red Mountain Mine Area
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Appel's Market store building on Hwy 395 in the townsite of Red Mountain, Calif. in San Bernardino County
Courtesy Dolores Steele

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