The Rand Desert Museum

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Paradoxically called a "living ghost town," Randsburg is a historical mining town with a current population of 69. Even with its scorching heat, Randsburg was a very busy place in the late 1800s due to a profitable veins of gold and silver. The population at its peak reached 3,500. Like many desert mining towns, the residents left after the precious metals were extracted from the earth. The museum is an archive of its history, storing photos, documents, and artifacts. It also hosts a yearly "Old West Days" - usually in September. (Submitted by Christine Peeples)