Some of the richest gold strikes in California history were found in the areas of Randsburg and Johannesburg, located in the Mojave Desert section of Kern County.
The desert is a graveyard of abandoned mines, shafts, pits and tailing dumps. Fortunately, some of these historic old mines are still standing, providing us with a rare and valuable glimpse into the world of those who sought to uncover the hidden treasure of gold in the earth.
Few got rich and many died paupers in the search for the shiny yellow mineral, yet the burning fever to hit that big strike kept luring men and women to California from all points of the globe. It was a time of “all or nothing.”
The King Solomon Mine is one of those relics of another era still standing, rising from the mountain and casting its long shadow over the debris and abandoned junk cluttering the ground around it.
It sits quiet, a sentinel in the desert, waiting in hope for the day when it will come to life again for modern-day gold hunters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Cynthia “Cindy” Ackley Nunn is a native Southern Californian, now permanently living in North Idaho with her husband,Colin, a Geordie from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. They share their home with a cranky fat cat named Mr. Kitty and a rambunctious Belgian Malinois named Lola.Cindy is proud to share with the world that she has eight beautiful grandchildren. She spends most of her spare time hiking, kayaking and taking photographs. She is a family historian, genealogist and researcher with over thirty-five years of experience. She’s also been running a professional multi-state paranormal investigations team for over thirteen years.
Publisher: America Through Time
Images: 140 Black And White
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)