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Red Mountain Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 17 photos

Mining may be gone, but souls still abound

Red Mountain is still a little community that gets passed by regularly by the traffic of Highway 395. Another one of those tiny towns that gets forgotten in a blink of an eye….so once again “stop blinking” or you may be missing out what was once a popular silver mining town sister to Randsburg and Johannesburg and by the way inherited there names from South African mining communities. It is still populated by some souls still who call this home. Like many of her sister communities have decayed and derelict houses and yet there are some that are being kept loved and alive with life. "Home is where the heart is." Remember that.

During its early beginning it was a simple mining shaft mined by Hampton Williams and Jack Nosser, which was provided by Edith Coons. This formed the KCN shaft which established the Town of Osdick, which was later renamed to Red Mountain in 1929. Not much was panning out by the shaft, but perseverance still prevailed by these two miners who was encourage by the Kern County Assessor John Kelly to look else where and bought a claim from the son of a deceased miner. It turns out to be very prosperous and the new mine was called Kelly Silver Mine and produced an estimated $12 million until 1929. Since then the mine was resold and the town sits listening, maintaining it's rustic charm and watching as traffic rushes by.

Also, Red Mountain has sister cities: Randsburg and Johannesburg

And not far are two parks in Cantil Red Rock Canyon State Park & Jawbone Canyon

California’s Abandoned Mines- Stay Out~Stay Alive!

Its almost you can hear them whisper something......"Don't forget me!" I hope we don't.

This structure looked as if it was a bustling roadside business during it's day. It had some vehicles behind it, so I hope it is still being used.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Is the sister of Randsburg, people still live here too
  • Cons:No services and traffics passes thru quickly
  • In a nutshell:Ghost of the past and present
  • Last visit to Red Mountain: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    5 star introduction and tips. Quite interesting yet bittersweet.


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