Borax Museum, Death Valley National Park

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P.O. Box 1, Death Valley, CA 92328 760-786-2345

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    Borax Museum

    by Martinewezel Written Apr 25, 2008

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    This building is the oldest in Death Valley. Originally it was an office, a bunk house and the ore-checking station for the Borax miners.
    It has been moved from Twenty Mule Team Canyon to Furnace Creek.

    The yard is filled with mining equipment. All the objects and machines within and around the museum were assembled by the company so that visitors to the Valley might better understand the history of Death Valley and the twenty mule team. Between 1883 and 1888, these mules hauled the borax in large wagons from the inaccessible Death Valley to the railroad at Mojave. (see second photo)

    Special detail: In the museum I saw an old box of washing powder from the brand "twenty mules". Original name for soap flakes.

    Free entrance

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    by KimberlyAnn Written Dec 4, 2005

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    This is an interesting, small museum located in the Furnace Creek Ranch area. The building itself, which was moved to Furnace Creek Ranch in 1954, is the oldest wood-framed structure in Death Valley. Build in 1885, the building was originally the assay office located at Monte Blanco. The museum and the 3/4 acre yard behind the building houses a collection of historical items pertaining to the history of the Death Valley borax mining. Inside the building you will find a collection of minerals, small historical objects, and a few items from the Shoshone Indians. In the yard you will find historical objects such as mining and farming tools, and other historical objects from the mining era. You can purchase an inexpensive self-guided tour book for exploring the back yard at the museum desk. This booklet has a note on the history and use of every item you will see in the yard. The admission to the Borax Museum is free, so the extra cost of the booklet is well worth the price. In the photograph you see the 60 ton oil burning Baldwin 280 train engine which may be seen in the back yard of the museum.

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