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Remains of Harmony Borax Works

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 14 March 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

OOPS - My wife will be seen tomorrow!! Sorry...

This Boiler and processing point - and a team of wagons which i wil show you tomorrow - are all that remains of a lucrative operation from the late 1800's. The Harmony Borax works was built by San Francisco businessman William T Coleman to refine the "cottonall" salt from the nearby salt flats at Badlwater into usable Borax. Borax actually comes from borates which are salt minerals. The operation at Harmony continued from 1883 to 1888, processing Borax which was, and still is, used for everything from handsoap to welding. Borax was referred to as "White Gold"in the day and was the most profitable commodity in the region during that time. The high cost of transportation made it necessary to refine the borax here rather than transport it to the railroad many miles away. Teams of 20 mules would pull the wagons of salt from the flats to the works. As time passed, more modern techniques and more accessible locations were found and Harmony went out of business.

To give you some perspective, a 6 foot man's head would be at about the point where you see the oval shaped inlet at the boiler. The stack of this boiler was originally about 3 times higher than it is now.

PENTAX Optio 60 1/442 second F/6.7 ISO 64 8 mm

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PENTAX Optio 60
1/442 second
F/6.7
ISO 64
8 mm

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