Atolia is a ghost town in the Mojave Desert near Randsburg, in northwestern San Bernardino County, California. The community was named by combining the surnames of two mining company officials, Atkins and DeGolia.
Atolia was a mining town at the site of a tungsten mine that started production about 1905. During the First World War, tungsten was valuable for armament due to its strength, light weight, and high melting point. During the early 1900’s there were 2000 people living and working in Atolia.
Atolia was on the Randsburg Railway line. There was once a dairy, a movie theater, and the Bucket of Blood saloon. At present commercial mining operations have been abandoned.
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