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Harmony Borax Works

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Address: Harmony Borax Works Rd., west of Rte. 190, Death Valley Junction, CA
Phone Number:
+1 760-786-3280

Where Borax was produced in Death Valley until 1889.

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Information on mining borax

Death Valley Days television show always began with the mule teams and wagons crossing Death Valley. Now I know how borax is mined. Informative exhibit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Camarillo, California
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Banning, Ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have a proble walking take the lower route where the Wagons are, the upper route is uphill. Lots of information and great views to see. Easy parking, turn off onto paved road. There is a dirt road to some ruins that you can see. If you continue it is one way into a canyon with great views. Do... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the Harmony Borax Works site. The walk is an easy on. The site is interesting and informative. We would have liked more information as there were only several informational signs on the loop around the site. We recopmmed stopping at this site.

Thank ValGary2014
Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Death Valley Days television show always began with the mule teams and wagons crossing Death Valley. Now I know how borax is mined. Informative exhibit.

Thank Cavydad
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place might be considered as a quick stop if you are interested in history. There is a twenty-mule team wagon outside and you can get a closer look of the mine in <0.5 mile trail. The view of the valley is also nice from this place. This is very close to furnace creek visitor center.

Thank Gitika J
Fullerton, Ca, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Visited in late November on a Monday. Ideal weather (65-70) and only one other couple came by while we were there, so for us it was great. Right off 190 about a mile north of furnace creek ranch. Large parking lot - inclined pathway loops up around the old plant ruins and borax wagons. Several good photo angles. Interesting to... More 

Thank JackR46
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The Harmony Borax Works was a main reason for the opening of Death Valley and the Furnace Creek area. The plant and associated townsite played an important role in Death Valley history as the Harmony plant and began to process ore in early1880s. A few remains of the plant, buildings and wagon train are present to explain the history. A... More 

Thank geotech522
Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Not a huge amount left here, but seeing the wagons and the remains of the works gives you a flavour of the harsh life people must have lived whilst working here. The 20 Mule story is a bit heartbreaking, must have been an awful life if you were a mule

Thank lyndhurstlocal3
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Another must see when visiting Death Valley. Easy explanation of mining history and life of the people working with Borax.

Thank Kleopetra
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Driving in the park and you must make a stop at this historical landmark. Short walk around the area to see what is left of the Borax mining in the area. Very interesting.

Thank happycat0965
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

20 mules pulling 2 large wagons full of Borax and a water tanker at the end. You can't go wrong coming to this display, this is what Death Valley was all about back in the 1800's. Added is the building that has the furnace display. Off in the distance are 2 home ruins. The walk from the parking area is... More 

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