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Near Boron in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Twenty Mule Team

 
 
Twenty Mule Team Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
1. Twenty Mule Team Marker
Inscription. This is one of the original twenty mule team wagons, built to carry borax out of Death Valley – through 165 miles of desolated mountains and blistering deserts – to the nearest railroad junction in Mojave. It took 20 days to make the round trip and deliver 20 tons of borax. The teams worked steadily from 1883 to 1888.
 
Location. 35° 1.758′ N, 117° 41.252′ W. Marker is near Boron, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Suckow Road 2 miles north of California Route 58. Touch for map. Suckow Road is inside the US Borax plant at the end of Borax Road. Free admission to the Visitors Center where the Twenty Mule Team is located, open 9-5 daily. Marker is in this post office area: Boron CA 93516, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. F-8 Supercritical Wing Aircraft (approx. 12.6 miles away); NF-15B (approx. 12.6 miles away); F-8 DFBW (approx. 12.6 miles away); F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft (approx. 12.6 miles away); HiMAT (approx. 12.6 miles away); X-29 (approx. 12.6 miles away); Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird (approx. 12.6 miles away); Lockheed F-104 (approx. 12.6 miles away).
 
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The Twenty Mule Team image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
2. The Twenty Mule Team
The marker is beside the stairs.
— 20 Mule Team routes.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Borax Mining in California. (Submitted on December 13, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. 20-Mule Borax Teams. An article by Joe Zentner titled On The Move In Death Valley (Submitted on December 16, 2011.) 

3. Visitor Center Website. A museum of all things borax, with Twenty Mule Team wagons outside, and a spectacular view into the mine from inside, open 9-5 every day except major holidays and in foul weather. (Submitted on March 15, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 

4. Reproduction of Twenty-Mule Team Wagons. This is an incredible 15 part series on the construction of reproduction Twenty-Mule Team Wagons. This is a must watch! (Submitted on March 24, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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The Twenty Mule Team image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
3. The Twenty Mule Team
The Twenty Mule Team image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
4. The Twenty Mule Team
The Twenty Mule Team image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
5. The Twenty Mule Team
US Borax open-pit mine. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
6. US Borax open-pit mine.
US Borax processing plant. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
7. US Borax processing plant.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 661 times since then and 76 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 12, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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