NELSON Lode Mining Claim, Johannesburg District, Kern County, California

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Johannesburg Lode Mining Claim, CA Gold Silver Mine Adit Shaft
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This is an absolutely amazing claim with 7 mines onsite, tons of stoping throughout the rock, two huge ore chutes, numerous rock walls and hand cut roads – all on the side of an extremely promising mountain with stunning views over the entire valley below. Unless you were on your way here specifically, chances are you would not even know it was here.

More than 3,400 feet of tunnels with evidence of old ore tracking and tons of mid-to-high grade ore still just sitting onsite waiting to be processed. The mines vary in shape from some that are badly in need of repairs to some that are almost as clean as the day they were cut. Originally located in 1892, there is evidence of possibly some work done here as late as 1977 as you can see in the below pictures – but that could just be graffiti from some adventurous teens.

For sure this is an extensive site with lots of promise & value – needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. This will keep even a large operation busy for years to come!

The Rand Mountain or Randsburg Mining district lies close to the Kern-San Bernardino County line in the vicinity of the town of Randsburg, about 40 miles northeast of Mojave and 30 miles north of Kramer. The western part of the district, in Kern County, has been chiefly a source of gold, while the eastern part, in San Bernardino County, has been largely a source of silver. The Atolia tungsten district is just to the southeast.

The principal rocks underlying the district are the Precambrian Rand Schist and the Atolia Quartz Monzonite of Mesozoic age. The Rand Schist is chiefly biotite schist with smaller amounts of amphibolite and quartzite. To the east are poorly consolidated clays, sandstones, and conglomerates of continental origin, which are overlain by andesite at Red Mountain. Rhyolite and latite intrusives are in the east-central part of the district.

Most of the lode-gold deposits are in veins that occur along faults, except at the Yellow Aster mine, where the gold is in a series of closely spaced veinlets in small fractures. The majority of the gold deposits are in the schist, which is more widespread than the quartz monzonite, and nearly all are in an area where the rocks have been colored a pale red by iron oxides. The veins are unoriented but usually have a well-defined hanging wall.

The ore bodies most commonly occur in the vein footwalls, usually at or near vein intersections or in sheared and brecciated zones. The ore consists of iron oxide-stained brecciated and silicified rock containing native gold in fine grains and varying amounts of sulfides. The sulfides increase at depth, but the gold values decrease. Most mining has stopped where unoxidized sulfides were found in the veins, and the maximum depth of development is 600 feet. Milling ore contains from 1/7 to % ounce of gold per ton. The high-grade ore nearly always occurs in pockets near the surface. Most of the placer gold has been recovered from dry placers at Stringer or in the Rand Mountains north of Randsburg.




Buyer will receive the following with their completed transaction:

  -  QuitClaim deed showing full ownership of the claim. This will be stamped, recorded and verified with the County and the BLM offices.
  -  Welcome packet with all of the rules and regulations as they relate to the State and BLM where the claim is located.
  -  Educational documents to annually renew your mining claim with the BLM.
  -  A CD of all of the documented images of the claim including maps of the site.
  -  Map of claim marked and GPS coordinates.
  -  Multiple maps showing claim location and surrounding areas for access.


The location is relatively easy to get to on wide and well-graded dirt roads, so 2-wheel access is no problem. But the mines themselves are on the side of hill – there are roads going to them, but the last couple of hundred feet are steep and narrow, so if you want to be able to park in front, I would consider bringing a 4x4.


This entire area is relatively easily accessible by dirt roads which are well marked and well maintained. A 2-wheel drive car can get to this claim off of route 395., but I would recommend a good 4-wheel drive or even quads to be able to access the entire claim that is not on the road.

The area is full of dirt roads, so a good map and a good GPS unit is a must, but we'll show you exactly where it is on the map as well as provide you with the precise latitude and longitude of each corner marker, so finding it will not be a problem for you.

I advise caution whenever driving or hiking on this claim – the entire valley is dotted with abandoned mines – some of them are easy to see from a distance, and some of them are impossible to see until you are right on top of them. I would estimate that only 20% of them are roped or fenced off – the rest are wide open and you should be extremely careful if entering them.

A couple of spare tires or an air compressor and patch kit or at least a couple of cans of tire sealant is strongly recommended for obvious reasons! Also, be sure to bring in whatever water you may need, as there are almost no water sources in the area 10 months out of the year.


Johannesburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, in a mining district of the Rand Mountains. Johannesburg is located 1 mile east-northeast of Randsburg at an elevation of 3517 feet. The terminus of the Randsburg Railway was here from 1897 to 1933. The population was 172 at the 2010 census, down from 176 at the 2000 census. Johannesburg is divided from the neighboring community of Randsburg by a ridge. The town is frequently referred to as "Jo-burg" by locals and frequent visitors to the northwest Mojave.

Johannesburg was founded to support mining operations at Randsburg. In addition to providing rail access, the region's first wells were operated by companies located in Johannesburg. During the first half of the 20th Century, the Rand Mining District was the principal gold producing region of California. Activity centered around the Yellow Aster Mine, discovered in 1894. In 1919, the Rand Silver Mine was discovered east of town on Red Mountain. The Rand Mine produced more silver than any mine in California.

Johannesburg was named by miners who had previously worked in the gold-producing region of South Africa. Containing the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, this region is in the Witwatersrand, and is frequently referred to as "the Rand."

The first post office at Johannesburg opened in 1897.



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