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Randsburg is a census-designated place in Kern County, California, United States. Randsburg is located 17mi south of Ridgecrest, at an elevation of 3504 feet . The population was 69 at the 2010 census, down from 77 at the 2000 census.GeographyRandsburg is located at. 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 1.945mi2, over 99% of it land.HistoryGold 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. The first post office at Randsburg opened in 1896.TourismThe town has an influx of tourism throughout the year, mainly from fall through spring. Travelers stop in while driving Highway 395, or camping in the area and off roading. During Thanksgiving, as well as New Year's Day weekend, the town is flooded by tourists. Many come on 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 1904 soda fountain and "Black Bart" banana split dessert, the general store still sells food, necessities, and antiques from the area. The town has antique stores, art galleries, gift shops, a mining museum, and an old jail open to tourists. The Randsburg General Store is open every day except Wednesday. The museum and all other businesses, including the town's two watering holes, are open on the weekends.
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