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Photographer: Mike Stroud
Taken: June 12, 2010
Caption: Twenty Mule Teams
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: July 5, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Database Locator Identification Number: p115956
File Size: 1.380 Megabytes
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