It took large teams to pull the wagons loaded with refined borax. The combined weight of the two wagons and water tanker was 36.6 tons (33.2 metric tons). The teams were usually made up of two draft horses and eighteen mules. The ten day journey was one of 165 miles to a railroad spur in Mojave, CA. The twenty mule teams earned their place in the lore of the Old West.
Death Valley National Park
Part of The Great American West series.
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