"Old Harmony Borax Works Historical Marker #773" Top 5 Page for this destination Harmony Borax Mines Tip by Yaqui


This marker reads:

In 1881 Aaron Winters discovered borax on the marsh near this point. He later sold his holdings to W. T. Coleman of San Francisco, who built the Harmony Borax Works in 1882 and commissioned his superintendent, J. W. S. Perry, to design wagons and locate a suitable route to Mojave. The work of gathering the ore (called 'cottonball') was done by Chinese workmen. From this point, 20-mule teams transported the processed borax 165 miles to the railroad until 1889.

Old Harmony Borax Works Historical Marker#773

Address: Highway 190
Directions: Located on Hwy 190, just 1 miles northwest of Furnace Creek
Phone: (760) 786-2387
Website: http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

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  • Updated Dec 27, 2013
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