Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Eagle Borax Works
A few structural remains and the nearby borax windrows are the most visible reminders of Eagle Borax Works, the first borax refinery in Death Valley.
Businessman Isador Daunet founded the Eagle operation on this site, producing borax by late 1882. During its first fifteen months this refinery produced 130 tons of low-grade borax. The inefficiency of the refinery's operation led it to near bankruptcy. This, combined with personal setbacks, resulted in Daunet's suicide. In 1884, the Eagle Borax Works closed.
The refining process began by dissolving the unprocessed borax in the elevated tank behind the two men. The solution was drawn off and crystallized in the five tanks in front. The refined borax was then hauled more than 160 miles across the desert to the rail station at Mojave, California.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources.
Location. 36° 12.035′ N, 116° 52.038′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Death Valley CA 92328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shorty Harris Grave (approx. half a mile away); Bennett-Arcan Long Camp (approx. 2.6 miles away); Badwater Pool (approx. 5.9 miles away); Devils Golf Course (approx. 8.8 miles away).
Regarding Eagle Borax Works. The remains of the borax works have been covered with soil to protect them. Eagle Borax Works is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.