California City in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
20-Mule Team Trail
The wagon beds were 16 feet long, four feet wide, and six feet deep. The front wheels were five feet high and rear wheels seven feet high. When loaded, each wagon weighed 31,800 pounds. Two such wagons, and a water tank (weighing 9,600 pounds), where pulled by a team of 18 mules and two large draft horses. They traveled 15 to 18 miles a day across the mountains and desert.
The round trip took 20 days. Not one animal lost their life on the trail and no wagons broke down while hauling over 20 million pounds of borax. We shall always remember the courage, strength, ingenuity, and stamina for such work. These men and animals are true heroes of America's past.
Erected 2001 by E Clampus Vitus Peter Lebeck Chapter #1866 and The East Kern Historical Museum Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 35° 10.258′ N, 117° 50.284′ W. Marker is in California City, California, in Kern County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16363 20 Mule Team Parkway, California City CA 93505, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Randsburg - Mojave Road (approx. 5.3 miles away); Desert Spring (approx. 11.2 miles away); Florence "Pancho" Barnes (approx. 12.9 miles away); Josephine Stephens Bishop (approx. 12.9 miles away); Twenty Mule Team (approx. 13 miles away); D.T. Jones - Dry Goods (approx. 17.1 miles away); Randsburg Drug Store (approx. 17.1 miles away); Whitehouse Saloon (approx. 17.1 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is located at the Borax Bill RV Park.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 17, 2017. 2. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.