After reading the post about Thom Mezick and Linda Freeman’s visit to Death Valley, Randy Solle sent some photos from the borax mine in Boron, California. Having already seen photos of the old mule-drawn vehicles, let’s take a look at the mine itself, shall we?

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(photo by Randy Solle)

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(photo by Randy Solle)

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(photo by Randy Solle)

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This modern mine produces more than 12,000 tons of borax each day.

From 1883 to 1888, each twenty-mule team (pulling two loaded wagons and a water tank) took ten days (round trip) to travel from the Death Valley mine to the nearest railroad junction in Mojave. Each team carried about twenty tons of borax per trip, and the teams delivered more than 10,000 tons of borax during their years of operation.

This set of two wagons and water tank are on display at the mine:

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(photo by Randy Solle)

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(photo by Randy Solle)

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(photo by Randy Solle)

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(photo by Randy Solle)

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