Harmony Borax Works

Harmony Borax Works, Furnace Creek: Address, Phone Number, Harmony Borax Works Reviews: 4/5

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Where Borax was produced in Death Valley until 1889.
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Jenn Nolen
Saint Louis, MO238 contributions
History and Stargazing
May 2021
We went here for stargazing more than anything else. If you want to see everything, arrive an hour before dark to walk the trail. Eat a picnic dinner and then settle in for the stars.

This parking lot is a popular place for stargazing. If you want a better-than-nothing experience, sit in the parking lot. If you're nimble, prepared, and want a better experience plan on setting up chairs/blankets away from the parking lot.
Written 26 May 2021
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Bidule05
France366 contributions
Isabelle (France)
Sep 2020
On the grounds of the Ranch at Death Valley, this museum is dedicated to the men and mules who worked in Death Valley between 1883 and 1888, to mine borax, which is a white crystalline salt. We have learned that borax was considered by pioneers as a family remedy! Because the mining area was remote, teams of 20 mules were used to transport the heavy carts to a processing site. In the museum, the explanatory panels are clear and simple.
Outside the museum, well maintained locomotives, wagons and mine tools are on display
Written 10 May 2021
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Dionges1
Los Angeles, CA2 858 contributions
Historical--On My Bucket List Since Death Valley Days was on Radio and TV
Apr 2021
Visited mid-morning when the weather was mild and very few visitors. The exhibit descriptions and information points are very informative and makes the visit more worthwhile. This site and the product were made famous by Ronald Reagan when he hosted the TV series Death Valley Days iin 1964 and 1965, especially the 20 Mule Team and Borax Wagon.
Written 9 May 2021
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VillagerRick
The Villages, FL720 contributions
Worth A Short Visit
Apr 2021 • Couples
Not far from Furnace Creek, it is just off the highway. Parking is ample, and the artifacts are along a path that is easily traversed by most able bodied folks. The wagons are interesting, and what is left of the manufacturing area is easy enough to see with some placards telling the history of the area. Not likely a destination, but if you are close by it is worth a stop.
Written 7 May 2021
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sccrref
Tucson,Az1 487 contributions
Good piece of history
Apr 2021
Since my wife and I are old enough to remember the commercials and TV shows that featured "20 mule team borax" seeing the works was very cool. Just off the highway and do in 30 minutes
Written 2 May 2021
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madsigntist
39 contributions
Interesting to See and easy to access.
Apr 2021
Right off the main highway, you take a short turn and park. From there, a short walk on a dirt pathway and you go back in time to see the remains of the borax processing plant. For an added feature, the old wagons are a fun, picturesque sight as well.
Written 14 April 2021
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Robert P
Dunwoody, GA196 contributions
A good historical site.
Apr 2021
This site is worth it to get some understanding of the borax mining that is an important part of the park's history. The site is very close to Furnace Creek and has good road access. The ruins and information panels will be of most interest to history buffs. I liked it, but my kids (teenagers) rated this their least favorite activity in DVNP. It does not take long to visit.
Written 12 April 2021
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Jim T
Kenai, AK822 contributions
History in the Park
Mar 2021 • Solo
The Harmony Borax Works is just a quick drive from Furnace Creek. The history of the place is intriguing. It was the main reason for the opening of Death Valley and the reason behind the popularity of the Furnace Creek area. At the peak of operations they produced 3 tons a day and the finished product was hauled out by large mule teams (20 mule teams). Not much is left but take a few minutes and a very short walk to see some of the history behind Death Valley National Park.
Written 6 April 2021
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JimmyJackk
San Marcos, CA4 992 contributions
Mining area
Apr 2021 • Couples
One of our first stops once we were inside the park. Fairly short walk from the parking lot. You can see some of the remnants of the mining equipment used.
Written 5 April 2021
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rogerythat
Goodyear, AZ173 contributions
Great Little Walk
Oct 2020
This is a small area that you can wall around rather quickly. There is some old machinery that you can also check out. I would stop and take the walk if you are in the area because it is worth the time.
Written 15 February 2021
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