The Rand Mining district in the High Desert region of Southern California was major economic force in the early 20th century. Once the silver and gold were gone, and so went the population. Almost a century later, it appears that little has changed. With only a hundred residents within the three desert towns straddling Highway 395 along the Inyo/San Bernardino County lines, the Red Mountain/Johannesburg/Randsburg region is cross between a living ghost town and post-apocalyptic landscape. But we don’t see residents roaming the streets or children playing. Who are these people, why do they live here, and how do they survive?

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