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U.S. Borax Boron Mine


Name: U.S. Borax Boron Mine
Category: Mining
Archive ID#: CA4982
 
Description: This mine is the largest open pit mine in California, and is probably the largest borate mine in the world, supplying half of the world's borates, and employing around 800 people. The mine and refinery complex was established in the late 1920's, after a large source of borax was discovered here. Prior to this time, borax was mined out of Death Valley and hauled to the railway at Mojave by the famous "20-mule team." This mine consists of a 500 feet deep pit more than a mile long by one half mile wide. The substances obtained from the borates extracted from this deposit are used in numerous products, including soaps, and rocket fuel.
Location: 75 miles N of Los Angeles, 2 miles NW of Boron
(POINT(-117.69241333 35.0470733642))
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Address: Borax Road
Boron CA, 93516
Visitor Info: The vast processing area and tailings piles are visible from public roads around the complex, which is a mile north of Route 58, west of the town of Boron. A new visitor's center has been built on top of a tailings pile. Take Borax Road north of Route 58, and follow signs. They charge two dollars or so.
Links: http://www.borax.com/
LCS: Mining, Open Pit
   
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