Borax Mining in Death Valley, California – Legends of America
The discovery of borax north of the mouth of Furnace Creek was made in 1881 by Aaron and Rose Winters, whose holdings were immediately bought by William T. Coleman and Company for $20,000. He subsequently formed the Greenland Salt and Borax Mining Company (later the Harmony Borax Mining Company), which in 1882 began operating the Harmony Borax Works, a small settlement of adobeBorax Mining in Death Valley, California – Page 2,,Borax mining continues in the area today. Borax has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many detergents, cosmetics, enamel glazes, insecticides, fire retardants, and more. The main Death Valley Park Visitor Center and Museum at Furnace Creek provides additional information about borax mining in Death Valley and park rangers are on hand,Visitor Center at the U.S. Borax mine | U.S. Borax,Learn about the pioneers whose mining techniques have evolved into some of today's most innovative mining technology. Watch the video U.S. Borax, part of Rio Tinto, is a global leader in the supply and science of borates—naturally-occurring minerals containing boron and other elements.