Death Valley – Harmony Borax Works

One last stop today at Harmony Borax Works before getting back to the campground.  This short interpretive trail led through ruins of what was once a famous borax mining operation in the late 19th century.  Remnants of the large boiler and refining building stood atop a small hill.

The Dial Corporation sold borax as a laundry detergent booster under the name 20 Mule Team Borax.  See the wagons below?  The moniker originated from the 20 mule teams pulling the refined salts across the desert to the railroads.

Looking further into the basin there are several ruined old buildings that were once houses for Chinese laborers.  I couldn’t determine if “laborers” in this case meant “slaves”, but I can say the short wiki about the mine founder William Tell Coleman is as bizarre as it is interesting.

One last look at the fading sunlight across the salt flats.

Hiking Data

Park newspaper lists distance as 0.4 miles which appears quite accurate.  Trail is easy and flat besides a small incline leading to the boiler.

Lat = 36.4798164 , Long = -116.8754730 -- Show at Google Maps

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