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Address: Harmony Borax Works Rd., west of Rte. 190, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA
Description: Where Borax was produced in Death Valley until 1889.

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A view of the human history here

On a small scale, this site tells the story of borax mining in a way that is accessible and understandable. Worth a stop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Minneapolis, MN
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

On a small scale, this site tells the story of borax mining in a way that is accessible and understandable. Worth a stop.

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Aarle-Rixtel, The Netherlands
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It's an old borax mine, you can walk around it but you don't really see -that- much. You can see the carts, some other artifacts from that era and the boilers. The route is basically one big loop around it with mild elevation and in the heat this might not be as much fun as you think. No shade, no... More 

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San Diego, California
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182 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The small loop trail and interpretive signs around the remains of the borax works gives a lot of insight to a time when we were exploiting this area instead of protecting it. Thinking of the conditions both man and animal had to suffer though to make their living here is something that makes our lives today seem pretty wimpy. A... More 

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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179 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Not much to look at and I understand that but what is there looks like it was put there for a movie set and didn't add value to the experience. Quite a walk from the parking area to see just a little. Other areas are more interesting.

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Hayward, California
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23 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

a short (3/8 mile) loop with displays and artifacts from the Borax Mine that was there. The loop does have some mild climbing and downhill, may not be able to travel the entire loop if you have mobility limitations, but you can see most of the works from the bottom.

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Wichita, Kansas
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84 reviews 84 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This was an interesting, non-strenuous self-guided tour that was perfect for a day I did not want to put my hiking boots back on.

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Stresa, Italy
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32 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

In case you would like to experience the starry night sky, just drive to the parking lot, have your torch ready, walk to the old wagons, and take a look. Breathtaking.

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San Francisco, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The park service does a nice narrated after sunset discussion of the night sky. The volunteer that gave the talk while we were there was pretty wonderful. There's a large area to sit so you'll need chair unless you want to stand for an hour. You'll also need flashlight to get up the paved trail from the parking lot

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Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The whole 20 Mule Team wagon train just fascinates me. The size of the two wagons is just amazing. It's hard to image that just 20 animals (18 mules and 2 horses usually) could pull it- especially in the blistering heat. The walk around the building is fine, but for more information stop at the Museum at the Furnace Creek... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Interesting to see how the Borax was removed and you can still see the equipment and there are 2 remains of some outlying buildings. Very close to the Visitor Center

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