Near Furnace Creek in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Twenty Mule Teams
The mule teams pulled loads weighing up to 36 tons (33,113 kg) including 1200 gallons (4545 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.
The 20 mule teams traveled south through Death Valley, out Wingate Pass, then across the desert to Mojave 165 miles of forbidding terrain.
Erected by Death Valley National Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
Location. 36° 28.801′ N, 116° 52.526′ W. Marker is near Furnace Creek, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from Borax Mill Road west of California Route 190, on 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Borax (a few steps from this marker); White Gold (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Harmony Borax Works (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old Dinah (approx. 1.7 miles away); 20 Mule Team Wagon Train (approx. 1.7 miles away); Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley (approx. 1.7 miles away); Death Valley 49ers Gateway (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Furnace Creek.
Also see . . . Borax: The Twenty Mule Team. The Borax twenty mule team is one of the most memorable icons of the American West, and of the pioneers who transformed its mineral wealth into a foundation of modern industry throughout the world. (U.S. Borax Inc., SCVHistory.com) (Submitted on March 25, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 12, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 4. submitted on April 12, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 5. submitted on March 25, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.