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    [California Gold Rush]. Lot of Eight Gold Rush Related Glass Plate Negatives by Photographer C. W. Tucker including: Mojave Stagecoach 1897. 8.5" x 6.25". The Mojave Stage ran primarily from Mojave to Randsburg which was a distance of 50 miles, running one day each way, the fare being four dollars. On occasion it would also travel to other destinations if the passengers had the cash. There were two stations along the route to change horses. [and:] Randsburg Looking Northeast Rebuilding After the Fire June 1898. 8.5" x 6.25". A really great photo from the historian's view, this photo shows all the mines on Gold Hill, starting from the left the Monkey Wrench, the Little Butte, the Kinyon, the Wedge, the J.I.C., the Excelsior and the Big Butte (Butte Lode). Below on Butte Avenue may be seen construction of buildings to replace some of those lost in the May 1898 fire. A few buildings are shown on Rand Street that have been moved in or rebuilt. On the east side of Broadway are shown the buildings that survived the May fire only to be lost in the heretofore unknown fire of November 1898. [and:] Stagecoaches and Saloon - Staging a Stage Holdup 1898. 8.5" x 6.25". Hands up, shotguns pointed! This photo was taken on Rand Street in Randsburg, California. The buildings in the background are from left to right: the Montgomery Store, The Yellow Astor Café and Saloon, and W. C. Wilson's General Merchandise Store. This is believed to be one of those rare photos taken between the January and May, 1898 fires. [and:] Dry Washing for Gold at St. Elmo, Randsburg. 8.5" x 6.25". Nine miners are seen working near their camp. [and:] The San Bernardino Borax Company 1898. 8.5" x 6.25". John Searles discovered borax at what was then known as a dry (modern-day Searles Valley). At first the lake was called Borax Lake, and in doing research it is helpful to search that term. In partnership with a Mr. Schillings and others, he established the San Bernardino Borax Company. The borax after being processed had to be hauled almost 200 miles to the port in San Pedro. Thus was actually born the twenty mule team hauling borax. As long as John was alive he had an injunction against the Harmony Borax work for their association with the "Twenty Mule Team" term. In 1876, the Southern Pacific Railroad reached Mojave, California and the distance of the haul was considerably shortened. [and:] Randsburg - Spring of 1897. 8.5" x 6.25". A wonderfully detailed photo of Randsburg nearing the height of her boom. The photo, starting in the left foreground and moving right shows: the J. I. C. Mine, the Wedge Mine, the Kinyon Mine, and the Little Butte Mine across "Fiddler's Gulch"; on the left is the Tehachapi Milling and Lumber Yard, across the street and to the right is a large wood building which is the skating rink, the scene of many celebrations and weddings. To the left of the skating rink is W. A. Coon & Company, Palace Billiard Parlor & Bar, later to become Morgan & Rogers, the Randsburg Fuel & Oil Company, and across the street and a bit downhill is a large two-story building, the Rand Lodging House. Across the street the two story building is the Illingworth home (known locally as the Jewell House). Moving on down the street on the same side as the Rand Lodging House, past a few wood buildings and tents is a brown and white building with a false front. This is the Mountain View Saloon. The fourth building down from that is the Illingworth Miner's Supply store, then McGinnis Boarding House, and the next large building is Phillip's House which was destroyed in the May, 1898 fire. Across the street is the Orpheus Theatre (a house of ill repute). Everything on Butte Avenue to the west of the Orpheus Theatre and Phillips House was destroyed in the January, 1898 fire. Most of the rest of the business district on Rand and the west side of Broadway was also destroyed. [and:] Randsburg Bird's Eye View . 8.5" x 6.25". Photos of Randsburg from this period are really hard to find. Randsburg has settle down to a regular mining town with several large mines operating with payroll and many small independent producers still taking gold out of the Stringer District. Shown here is almost the entire town of Randsburg. The school house is shown in this photo. Louis Stoll's saloon is shown as a wood structure. The Yellow Astor Mine is seen in the background with both the 30 stamp and 100 stamp mill. In the foreground are the J.I.C. Mine, the Wedge Mine, the Kinyon Mine, and the Little Butte, all of which had been big producers of high grade ore. [and:] Excavation for Pridham and Quinn Mill (Randsburg's First Stamp Mill) 1898. 8.5" x 6.25". The men in the foreground of this photo are excavating for the foundation of Pridham and Quinn's mill. The mill was completed in March of 1898 and a cyanide plant was added in September of that year. The house above the mill belonged to one of the Kinyon brothers. The mine buildings above that are the Little Butte mine. A professionally processed print accompanies each plate.

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    Clarence W. Tucker: Not a great deal is known about C. W. Tucker's early days in photography. He was born in Indiana on September 22, 1874 and in 1893 he became a photographer's apprentice in Warsaw, Indiana. In 1895 he came to San Jose, California to visit a cousin and ended up staying in California and working as a photographer until his death in 1964. Tucker settled in the rough mining camp of Randsburg around 1896 and remained there until about 1898. During that time he met and married Grace Doughty and she worked as his assistant from thereafter. In the early 1900s the Tuckers moved to Covina, California where they ran a photography studio until 1950. Tucker could not have avoided being affected by the raw energy of the mining camp at Randsburg and his keen photographer's eye fortunately chronicled its rise from a tent city to a small but booming mining town. His images are possibly the only photographic record extant of Randsburg's glory days.

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