Took a spur of the moment side trip on our way to the Grand Canyon, stopping at the site of this open pit borax mine. The visitor center is located on a hill overlooking the pit, and offers a good view of the adjoining plant and the high desert valley. They have an informative video presenting the history of the borax mines in Death Valley and at Rio Tonto near Boron. In the visitor center are displays of products that contain borax and other minerals extracted from the mine, as well as information on the processing of borax. There is also a section dedicated to the old "Death Valley Days Radio and TV show, which was sponsored by "20 Mule Team Borax". There is an observation deck on top of the visitor center (not handicap accessible). Outside is a life-sized replica of the 20 mule team, two freight wagons and a water wagon.
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