Harmony Borax Mines, Death Valley National Park

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    Borax wagons

    by mht_in_la Updated Nov 30, 2003
    Harmony Borax Works - the wagons

    The wagons cost W. T. Coleman, founder of Harmony Borax Works, $1,000 each. They were so well built that they lasted the five-year life of the 20-mule-team route from here to the Mojave, until the Works were sold to Pacific Coast Borax Company in 1890. Each wagon can carry 12 tons of borax.

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    Borax

    by mht_in_la Updated Nov 30, 2003

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    Borax

    Borates (salt minerals) were deposited in ancient lake beds that uplifted and eroded into the yellow Furnace Creek badlands. Water dissolved the borates and carried them into the Death Valley floor where they recrystallized as borax. Those who came here expecting gold but found borax instead must be disappointed.

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    Working in the heat!

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 22, 2003

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    Harmony Borax

    These desolate ruins show human history in Death Valley, when miners of the mineral Borax lived and worked here from 1884 till 1907. The Famous 20-mule Team pulled a 7 ton shipment of Borax over 265 km to the Railroad Station of Mojave to process and distribute.

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    Harmony Borax Mines

    by sabe Updated Apr 26, 2003

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    Harmony borax Mines

    An old borax mine, with quite a lot of the old tools and machines still intact. Very close to Stove Pipe Wells as well. It's interesting to try and picture the people working in the 40 degree heat ..to supply the world with ...BORAX!!

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    Harmony Borax Mines

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can see the Borax as you look across the desert at this location. It looks like a heavy frost or light snow. This is a historical site of a borax mine.

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    Old oven of the borax workers

    by Trekki Written Aug 27, 2005

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    Oven of the boxax works

    The dry climate of Death Valley is keeping everything in good shape. Even the ovens look as – uuhm – if the workers are just on the lunch break….

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    Harmony Borax Works

    by LHOON Written Apr 23, 2003
    Harmony Borax Works

    One of the more accessible industrial archaeology sites in DVNP, this ruin of a borax processin plant is situated just north of Furnace Creek.

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