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Scream of engines in a Mojave Desert ghost town
Scream of engines in a Mojave Desert ghost town

RANDSBURG, Calif. — In 1899, this gold-rich Mojave Desert town had a population of 3,500 and boasted churches, bordellos, saloons, hotels, a thousand-seat opera house and a skating rink. But when the mines played out, the miners moved on — and left behind boarded-up squatters' cabins, open shafts and the rusting hulks of mining equipment, preserved for posterity in the dry desert air. Along Randsburg's sun-baked main street, vintage storefronts — a barber shop, a store advertising pickles and relishes, a shop that vulcanizes tires — fade to gray like an abandoned Western movie set. PHOTOS: Riders in Mojave Desert ghost town A sign in front of the...

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