Randsburg, California

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Randsburg (formerly, Rand Camp)[2] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Randsburg is located 17 miles (27 km) south of Ridgecrest,[2] at an elevation of 3504 feet (1068 m).[1] The population was 77 at the 2000 census.



Randsburg is located at 35°22′07″N 117°39′29″E / 35.36861°N 117.65806°E / 35.36861; 117.65806.[1] It is on the west side of U.S. Route 395 between Kramer Junction to the south and Ridgecrest to the north. Randsburg is in the Rand Mountains, and is separated by a ridge from the neighboring community of Johannesburg.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land.


Gold was discovered at Rand Mine near the site in 1895 and a mining camp quickly formed, and was named Rand Camp, both mine and camp were named after the gold mining region in South Africa.[2] The first post office at Randsburg opened in 1896.[2]


The town has an influx of tourism a few times a year, mainly from summer travelers passing through or nearby off roading areas. Memorial Day as well as Labor Day weekends the town is flooded by several times the population in tourists, many come on the motorcycles and other off-road vehicles that line the streets. The center for most tourists is the general store / ice cream parlor. Famous for their "Black Bart" floats, this still active general store is filled with many necessities of life and food as wells as antiques form the area. The are a number of antique stores, gift shops, and a museum of the are as well.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 77 people, 49 households, and 22 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 39.1 people per square mile (15.1/km²). There were 109 housing units at an average density of 55.4/sq mi (21.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.71% White, 5.19% Native American, 3.90% from other races, and 5.19% from two or more races. 5.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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