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Photographer: Mike Stroud
Taken: June 12, 2010
Caption: Twenty Mule Teams
Additional Description: For more than a century, the 20 Mule Team
has been a symbol of the borax industry ---
on product labels, in history books, and on
television. The status is well- earned; mule
teams helped solve the most diffiult task that
faced Death Valley borax operators --- getting
the product to market.
The mule teams pulled loads weighing up to
36 tons (33,113 kg), including 1,200 gallons
(4,545 l) of drinking water. The rear wagon
wheels were 7 feet (2.1m) high, and the
entire unit with mules was more than 100
feet (30.5m) long. (Death Valley National Park)
Submitted: June 16, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Database Locator Identification Number: p113284
File Size: 0.205 Megabytes
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