Check out our video tour of Randsburg, CA – a living ghost town in the Mojave Desert.
A Brief History:
The old gold mining town of Randsburg, CA is located a little over two hours away from Los Angeles, CA in Kern County. It is located on the west side of U.S. Route 395 between Kramer Junction and Ridgecrest to the north. Situated in the Rand Mountains, the town is separated by a ridge from Johannesburg. Gold was discovered at Rand Mine near the current town in 1895.
At one point, Randsburg produced more than $60 million in gold. Its surviving buildings are located along its main street, Butte Avenue. The town has a rich mining history, antique stores, local art galleries and gift shops.
Tourists and residents have reported unusual paranormal activity in the town for years. Strange mists and balls of light; apparitions of miners and former residents; disembodied conversations; shadow figures; and phantom screams in the cemetery are a few of the hundreds of unexplained events reported here. There are even occasional reports of UFOs spotted above the local hills at sunset.
The 2010 United States Census reported 69 people calling Randsburg home. In 2015, it is populated by approximately 80 people.
In popular culture, the music video for Calvin Harris’s platinum single, Feel So Close, was filmed in part in Randsburg along with Dwight Yoakam’s 1989 video for “Long White Cadillac”.
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