Furnace Creek in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
20 Mule Team Wagon Train
Erected by Furnace Creek Resort.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 36° 27.41′ N, 116° 52.061′ W. Marker is in Furnace Creek, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from California Route 190, one mile north of Badwater Road, on the left when traveling north. Located near the ranch museum. 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 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Dinah (within shouting distance of this marker); Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 0.4 miles away); Death Valley 49ers Gateway (approx. one mile away); Old Harmony Borax Works (approx. 1.6 miles away); Borax (approx. 1.6 miles away); White GoldZabriskie Point (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Furnace Creek.
More about this marker. The wagons have been moved away from the main highway, to the ranch museum. The name of Furnace Creek Ranch has been changed to The Ranch At Death Valley, by the current owner, Xanterra Parks & Resorts.
Regarding 20 Mule Team Wagon Train. 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 difficult 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)
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. — 20 Mule Team routes.
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