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“Unbelievable, brought me back to my childhood!”

Harmony Borax Works
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Owner description: Where Borax was produced in Death Valley until 1889.
Surrey, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Unbelievable, brought me back to my childhood!”
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!

Visited February 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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472 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Interesting History”
Reviewed April 21, 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 to drive.

Visited April 2014
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Ventura, California
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187 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Nice site with artifacts and history”
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 borax.

Visited April 2014
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Victoria, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Good historic exhibits, for better background info go to the Borax Visitor Center”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

We came to Death Valley from the west and visited the Borax Visitor Center in Boron on the way. This gave us an excellent background to understand the exhibits at Harmony Borax Works. In Death Valley you will see original equipment of the 1880s but we found the explaining signs falling a little short of giving you a full picture.
We agree with one of the previous posters, that the Mustard Canyon is well worth a little detour on the way out.
We would highly recommend to visit the Borax Visitor Center (3$/vehicle) in combination with the Harmony Borax Works, preferably on the way to Death Valley. Outside they exhibit a full size replica of a 20 Mule Team rig and inside you can learn how Borax is mined, processed, refined and used. The principle hasn't changed since the days of Harmony Borax Works. Of course there is also more information and exhibits about the 20 Mule Teams history and destiny.

Visited March 2014
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Arroyo Grande, California
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Fascinating Peek into History”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is an easy walk, about a quarter mile with well posted details of the operation. The information given was fascinating and the wagon and processing site was very interesting. Well worth the stop.

Visited April 2014
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