Over the Mountains, Up to the Desert

Over the Mountains, Up to the Desert

Aunt Theresa took Ruthie to Boron—home of the largest open pit mine in California, maybe the largest borate mine in the world. Borax was first found in Death Valley and hauled to the railway at Mojave by 20-mule teams.   In the 1920’s, a large deposit was found here. Borates are used in such varied products as soaps, glass, and rocket fuel.

Borate processing equipment.
Borate processing equipment.
Ruthie is 5 feet tall...
Ruthie is 5 feet tall…
Truck used at the mine
Truck used at the mine

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