Roy's Postcards: 1985/03/08

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Frances, Leonard, Susanna, Rachel and I visited the Harmony Borax Works with Ralph & Lois Boswell. We hiked up the hill behind a [???] saw purple wildflowers seemingly growing out of gravel.

Postcard front:

Harmony Borax Works
Death Valley National Monument

Postcard back:

HARMONY BORAX WORKS
Ruins of Harmony Borax Mill built by W.T. Coleman in 1882. This mill operated until 1888 and was the starting point for the 20 mule teams.

Photo by Jack Mahan

Leonard's comments:

You've probably never given borax a second thought, but the Borax Works was a surprisingly big deal in our family. Maybe there was some family history associated with the place, or maybe it's just that my parents liked going to Death Valley and this is one of the only tourist attractions nearby.

See also: california



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