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Trona in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Searles Lake Borax Discovery

 
 
Searles Lake Borax Discovery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, October 26, 2020
1. Searles Lake Borax Discovery Marker
Inscription.  Borax was discovered on the nearby surface of Searles Lake by John Searles in 1862. With his bother, Dennis he formed the San Bernardino Borax Mining Company in 1873 and operated it until 1897. These chemicals in Searles Lake which include borax, potash, salt cake and lithium were deposited here by the runoff waters from melting ice age glaciers. John Searles discovery has proved to be the worldís richest chemical storehouse, containing half the natural elements known to man. Plaque placed by the Death Valley 49ers. Inc., the American Potash & Chemical Corp., and the West End Chemical Division of Stauffer Chemical Corp. November 8, 1962.
 
Erected 1962 by Death Valley 49ers. Inc., the American Potash & Chemical Corp., and the West End Chemical Division of Stauffer Chemical Corp. (Marker Number 774.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Landmarks. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1800.
 
Location. 35° 45.461′ N, 117° 22.64′ W. Marker
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Photographed By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
2. Searles Lake Borax Discovery Marker
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is in Trona, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Trona Road and Center Street, on the right when traveling north on Trona Road. Marker is located in the roadside rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trona CA 93562, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Guest House Museum (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Austin Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Epsom Salts Monorail (approx. 5.3 miles away); John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes (approx. 5.3 miles away); Valley Wells (approx. 5.4 miles away); Welcome to the Trona Pinnacles (approx. 9.7 miles away); Fish Canyon (approx. 11.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. California Registered Historical Landmark No. 774
 
Also see . . .  John Wemple Searles. Son of George and Helen Wemple Searles was born at Tribes Hill, Montgomery county, New York. He inherited fortitude and tenacity from ancestors who served with the American army in the Revolutionary war. He came to California to find gold, but found riches and built a legacy of benefits and blessings through the discovery of the glittering borax crystals in the lake bed which now bears his name. (Submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
Searles Lake Borax Discovery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
3. Searles Lake Borax Discovery Marker
Searles Lake Borax Discovery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, October 26, 2020
4. Searles Lake Borax Discovery Marker
John Wemple Searles image. Click for full size.
Searles Valley Historical Society
5. John Wemple Searles
This is one of the last photographs of John Searles. John died in October 1897. He is buried in the St. Helena, California, cemetery in the Napa Valley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 789 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on November 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   5. submitted on December 7, 2011. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 17, 2022