Furnace Creek in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
20 Mule Team Wagon Train
Erected by Furnace Creek Ranch Museum.
Location. 36° 27.419′ N, 116° 51.996′ W. Marker is in Furnace Creek, California, in Inyo County. Marker can be reached from Greenland Ranch Road west of California Route 190. Touch for map. Now located near the hotel’s museum. Marker is in this post office area: Death Valley CA 92328, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Dinah (a few steps from this marker); Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 0.9 miles away); Death Valley 49ers Gateway (approx. one mile away); Old Harmony Borax Works (approx. 1.6 miles away); Borax (approx. 1.7 miles away); White Gold (approx. 1.7 miles away); Devils Golf Course (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Furnace Creek.
More about this marker. The wagons have been moved away from the main highway, to the hotel museum. The name of Furnace Creek Ranch has been changed to The Ranch At Death Valley, by the current
Regarding 20 Mule Team Wagon Train. For more than a century, the 20 Mule Team has been a symbol of the borax industry—on product labels, in history books, and on television. The status is well- earned; mule teams helped solve the most difficult task that faced Death Valley borax operators—getting the product to market.
The mule teams pulled loads weighing up to 36 tons (33,113 kg), including 1,200 gallons (4,545 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. (Death Valley National Park)
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. — 20 Mule Team routes.
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