Furnace Creek in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Harmony Borax works, in front of you, was one of Death Valley's first borax operations. It operated from 1883-1888. The 3/8-mile interpretive trail takes you through Harmony Borax Works.
Erected by Death Valley National Park, National Park Service.
Location. 36° 28.8′ N, 116° 52.508′ W. Marker is in Furnace Creek, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from Borax Mill Road near California Route 190, on the left when traveling west. 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 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Borax (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Harmony Borax Works (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 0.9 miles away); 20 Mule Team Wagon Train (approx. 1.7 miles away); Old Dinah Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley (approx. 1.7 miles away); Death Valley 49ers Gateway (approx. 2½ miles away); Devils Golf Course (approx. 10½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Furnace Creek.
Regarding White Gold. Picture caption:
A 20 mule team at the Harmony Borax works
about 1885. Some "20 mule" teams, like this
one, had varying numbers of animals.
also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. It is usually a white powder consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water.
Borax has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many detergents, cosmetics, and enamel glazes. It is also used to make buffer solutions in biochemistry, as a fire retardant, as an anti-fungal compound for fiberglass, as an insecticide, as a flux in metallurgy, a texturing agent in cooking, and as a precursor for other boron compounds
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources • Notable Buildings • Notable Places
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 765 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.