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Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co. - 1909-1919 dated Los Angeles, California Check - Yellow Aster Mine

Inv# CK1027   Check
State(s): California
Years: 1909-1919
Color: Yellow

Popular Western Mining Check. Attractive! Great Western Check!!! Yellow Aster Mine was a large gold mine in Southern California. In 1894, prospectors Frederic Mooers and William Langdon ventured into the Red Mountain range in the Mojave Desert, where they discovered trace amounts of gold. The next year, Mooers returned with John Singleton and Charles Burcham to search again. They discovered a significant gold vein that surfaced near the top of Rand Mountain and formed the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company to exploit their claim.

On 20 December 1895, the Rand Mining District was organized. A tent city grew at the foot of the mountain and was named Randsburg. By December 1896, 1500 people were living and working there and several new mines had been dug around the Yellow Aster claim. By the end of 1897, more than $600,000 (equivalent to $21,105,600 in 2022) of gold had been produced in the Rand Mining District, mostly from Yellow Aster.

Initially, gold ore was shipped to processing mills at Garlock and later Barstow, via the newly opened Randsburg Railway. Shipping the heavy ore limited the amount of gold that could be produced, so the company built a thirty-stamp mill on site, which opened in early 1899. In 1901, a second mill with 100 stamps was opened to increase capacity further. By the end of 1901, Yellow Aster was producing $120,000 (equivalent to $4,221,120 in 2022) of gold per month. The gold ore was primarily accessed through a series of horizontal tunnels at multiple levels on the mountainside. A glory hole was also dug down from the top of the mountain to reach the porphyry deposits. Read more at

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Condition: Excellent
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Price: $14.00