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Randsburg is a small mining town in the Mojave Desert. At least, it was a mining town until a couple of years ago when the mine closed, and it will be again, because high gold prices have led to a planned reopening. The main street is an interesting mix--a few buildings have been restored to an "old west" look, and the ones that haven't are old and worn enough to fit right in. Not many tourists pass through, and those that do come tend to be bikers--both the ominous-seeming kind with handlebar moustaches, and the family kind who bring motorbikes and dune buggies to ride the desert's dirt and sand on weekends. The majority of the homes in town seem to still have an outhouse in the back yard. Abandoned cabins--presumably the former homes of miners--dot the surrounding landscape, and beyond that are the wide open spaces of the desert. In my next few postings I'll try to present my view (based on almost no real knowledge, or time spent there) of life in Randsburg.

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