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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
California City in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

20-Mule Team Trail

 
 
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October 15, 2006
1. 20-Mule Team Trail Marker
Inscription. From 1883 to 1889, wagons hauled borax along this road 165 miles from Death Valley to Mohave. The route was laid out by J.W.S. Perry. He and a muleskinner named Ed Stiles designed the wagons to carry the heavy loads to the rail depot.

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
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By Denise Boose
2. 20-Mule Team Trail Marker
The marker is still there, but the wagons have been moved into town next to the police station.
is on 20 Mule Team Parkway east of Rudnick Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. 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 106 times since then. 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.
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