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“Different Experience”

Harmony Borax Works
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Owner description: Where Borax was produced in Death Valley until 1889.
Citrus Heights, California
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126 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Different Experience”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

We just stopped by this spot because of a write-up in a Death Valley handout, and were lucky enough to see a coyote right next to the parking lot as we pulled in. He nonchalantly strolled up the hill and disappeared over the ridge. It is very difficult to imagine how desolate this place would have been when it was in operation, and how hard the work must have been. We walked for quite a distance on the trail leading out from the exhibit area, and enjoyed it a lot.

Visited January 2014
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Depoe Bay, Oregon
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“If you're into history...”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

this is the place for you. There isn't much to see. A little bit of what is left of the mine and a couple of pieces of a mule team.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney
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“Really interesting”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

One of the few places we could visit during the government shutdown, being as just by the state highway.
I would visit it anyway; the history is really interesting, the landscape brutally spectacular.
Very easily accessible from Furnace Creek and on the road between the sand hills and Zabriskie Point.

Visited October 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Explore Death valley's history as well as it's geology”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Situated 1 mile north of Furnace Creek Ranch, this should not be missed if time in the valley. Firstly, spend an hour at the Borax Museum at Furnace Creek learning about the geology and history of the area. Couple this with a trip to the works to learn about the history and importance of Borax in the area. This Borax refinery operated between 1883-1888, it is important as it is the birthplace of the famous Twenty Mule Teams, which hauled the material through Death Valley in the searing heat. What's left is adobe ruins of workers houses, the refinery itself and an original wagon all of which hint at the activity that was once here. This is a quick stop just located off HWY 190 on an unpaved but very accessible road for all vehicles. You can take anything from 5-20 minutes walking and exploring the area reading the interpretative signs along the path telling the Borax story. Accessible to all, young children, older and wheelchair visitors.

Take time to explore Death Valley's history as well as it's unique geological features.

Visited January 2014
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North Carolina
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“Interesting historical information”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

This might not be at the top of my list of things to do, but I think it is enjoyable for a quick stop to relive history of the area.

Visited December 2013
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