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

Francis Marion “Borax” Smith

 
 
Francis Marion "Borax" Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 26, 2010
1. Francis Marion "Borax" Smith Marker
Inscription. Francis Marion "Borax" Smith built the railroad to move borax out of the hills and Death Valley in 1907 to replace the twenty mule teams that crossed this way to Ludlow.
 
Erected 1980 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 22.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 5.417′ N, 116° 7.699′ W. Marker is in Baker, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Rasor Road and unknown dirt road, on the right when traveling east on Rasor Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on the north side of a group of 30' tall trees. The roads here have some heavy sand in a few places, so a 4-wheel drive may be necessary. Marker is in this post office area: Baker CA 92309, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Desert Studies Center (approx. 3.9 miles away); Soda Springs - Zzyzx Mineral Springs (approx. 3.9 miles away); A Traveler's Rest (approx. 3.9 miles away); A Lost Lake (approx. 3.9 miles away); Marl Springs / Seventeenmile Point (approx. 13.7 miles away).
 
Regarding Francis Marion "Borax" Smith.
Francis Marion "Borax" Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 26, 2010
2. Francis Marion "Borax" Smith Marker
"Borax" Smith built the Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad (T&T) from Ludlow to Rhyolite. The junction of the railroad at Rasor and the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad (LA&SL), was named after Clarence Rasor. He was one of two brothers who were construction engineers on the project. Across the river bed south of here was located Crucero. This is where the T&T crossed the LA&SL. There were stations at both Crucero and Rasor Junction.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Also see . . .  Francis Marion "Borax" Smith (1846 - 1931) - Find A Grave Memorial. Western Businessman. Born in Richmond, Wisconsin, at the age of 21 he went west to seek wealth and became known as the "Borax King". (Submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
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Group of 30' Tall Trees image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 26, 2010
3. Group of 30' Tall Trees
Francis Marion "Borax" Smith image. Click for full size.
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4. Francis Marion "Borax" Smith
Francis Marion "Borax" Smith - Family Crypt in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 3, 2011
5. Francis Marion "Borax" Smith - Family Crypt in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 18, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on December 22, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   5. submitted on December 28, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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