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Near Boron in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Twenty Mule Team

 
 
Twenty Mule Team Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
1. Twenty Mule Team Marker
Inscription. This is one of the original twenty mule team wagons, built to carry borax out of Death Valley – through 165 miles of desolated mountains and blistering deserts – to the nearest railroad junction in Mojave. It took 20 days to make the round trip and deliver 20 tons of borax. The teams worked steadily from 1883 to 1888.
 
Location. 35° 1.758′ N, 117° 41.252′ W. Marker is near Boron, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Suckow Road north of Kern County Korean War Memorial Highway (California Route 58). Touch for map. Suckow Road is found inside the US Borax plant. The plant is at the end of Borax Road. There is an admission fee, payable at the Entrance Gate, for the Visitors Center where the Twenty Mule Team is located. Marker is in this post office area: Boron CA 93516, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. HL-10 (approx. 12.6 miles away); 20-Mule Team Trail (approx. 13 miles away); First Flight to Break the Sound Barrier (approx. 14.1 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A marker at the Terminus in Mojave and a marker in Death Valley
 
Also see . . .
The Twenty Mule Team image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
2. The Twenty Mule Team
The marker is beside the stairs.

1. History of Borax Mining in California. (Submitted on December 13, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. 20-Mule Borax Teams. An article by Joe Zentner titled On The Move In Death Valley (Submitted on December 16, 2011.) 
 
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The Twenty Mule Team image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
3. The Twenty Mule Team
The Twenty Mule Team image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
4. The Twenty Mule Team
The Twenty Mule Team image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
5. The Twenty Mule Team
US Borax open-pit mine. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
6. US Borax open-pit mine.
US Borax processing plant. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 12, 2011
7. US Borax processing plant.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 12, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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