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Harmony Borax Works

Harmony Borax Works Rd., west of Rte. 190, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: Where Borax was produced in Death Valley until 1889.
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Dallas, Texas
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218 reviews 218 reviews
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This site is well marked with an interpretative trail and is a worthwhile stop just off the main road. Gives a good idea of the borax mining operation.

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Dongguan, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It is an amazing historic landmark in the core of Death Valley heat Not very far from Furnace Creek ranch. There is not a lot of signs inviting you to the place, I've crossed Death Valley three times and happened to find this place just on the last trip. It is a small attraction, not to much to be seen,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It was amazing walking around the Borax Works in that extreme heat we found when travelling through Death Valley. There are enough information signs that give you an idea of how the borax was extracted, refined and shipped (using dozens of mules!). Very interesting.

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Makawao, Hawaii
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21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

It was pretty easy to walk around the Borax Works, just a mild incline and a fairly short walk. You can see quite a bit remaining of the facility, and there are signs explaining how the borax was mined, refined, and shipped.

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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Stopped here before but it was in August and it was so hot. Being April it was only about 88f and was comfortable to be able to stop walk around and take photos

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
29 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A large car park and a short walk to what is left of the old Harmony Borax Works. In the heat I rather wished I had stayed in the shade!

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Harmony Borax Works is located a short distance from Furnace Creek Ranch and Inn. A little over one hundred years ago, this location was used to process borax, a very important mineral used in many applications. There is a short interpretive trail that leads you through and around the site and is well worth a short visit of 20 to... More

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is such a wonderful time in my life when the Westerns were on every channel on the Tube.. Such an informative and well kept area, I want the olden days back..Horse & buggies!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We were here late in the afternoon on a very hot (104 degree) day in the middle of the week so had the place to ourselves. We walked the short loop enjoying the signs and displays along the way. Besides the history, the desert looked spectacular ... especially the coloration of nearby Mustard Canyon, which is quite fun and easy... More

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santa barbara
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is along the way down towards Furnace Creek Ranch, there's a parking spot and it takes about 30 minutes to see the whole thing but there is lots of historical information, old machinery, and borax wagons once pulled by the 20 mule teams. Amazing stuff really, each mule pulled a few tons in the whole total weight of the... More

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