If you go

Randsburg is in the heart of the Mojave Desert, about a 2½-hour drive from Los Angeles. From L.A., take Interstate 5 north to California Highway 14 north to Mojave. About 20 miles north of Mojave is a sign for the turn to Randsburg and Johannesburg off Highway 14. Randsburg also can be reached by way of Interstate 15 and Highway 395. The best time to visit is on the weekend, when most businesses are open.

White House Saloon, 168 Butte Ave., Randsburg; (760) 374-2464.

Rand Desert Museum, 161 Butte Ave., Randsburg; (760) 371-0965, http://www.randdesertmuseum.com. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The museum will host the Rand District Old West Day on Sept. 15.. It will feature live western and bluegrass bands and other entertainment, as well as vendors of all sorts.

Randsburg Opera House, 26741 Butte Ave., (760) 374-1037. Open for special events.