Bakersfield to Bullhead City

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Yep, it's them again

 

                         On the road again                    

David and I were up late as usual…. The internet connection at the hotel kept cutting out over and over. I wrote and rewrote the blog then erased it over and over. I counted six times…David kept telling me he would have given up the first time… Finally I got smart and wrote it on the word processor and cut and pasted it. I got it added around 1 AM. David didn’t watch any sci-fi movies about invisible alien lizards eating homosapiens so he was ready for bed then too.

Trees.... (joshua trees?)

We ate breakfast at the motel. It had a fairly large spread although there were no hot foods. It had muffins, sweet rolls, oranges, apples, 3 kind of cereals, English muffins, toaster waffles, bread, boiled eggs, orange juice, coffee and tea. Helen showed up after we ate but David had gotten a muffin and orange juice for her.

We began the long drive to Bullhead City. It is an incredibly tedious drive through the desert. We pulled into old Boron and went to Betty’s Pizza… Inside we found it had been sold and was now Chuck’s Pizza. I ordered a small personal Hawaiian pizza and some jalapeño bacon bread sticks. It was really very good....  especially the breadsticks.... 

We loved the pizza parlor: it's always great to go into a place that has pride in their community.

Boron City sign
  It had some really great pictures on the walls.   A huge variety of different people and venues: Elvis, scenery, Marilyn Monroe, Friends, funny pictures and school memorabilia. Mom commented there was something for everyone. The entire front wall was in honor of the Boron Bobcats. They had pictures, football uniforms, cheerleading outfits, a school banner, and pom poms. Inspired by the pictures of the 20 Mule Borax team we decided to drive over to the Boron factory to see the site.

The visitor center was located up a long dusty road. The first thing we saw was a replica of the 20 mule team pulling one of the original wagons.  The wagon was really sturdy ...  When the mules were hauling the boron they never lost a wagon or a mule.   Considering the rough terrain and extreme temperatures this is very impressive.

mine
 

One of the immense tires was in the yard. These tires are twelve feet high and cost about $20,000 each. A very friendly and very enthused man met us at the door. He was very excited about the Borax museum and told us a few things at the door to start our tour. He handed all of us cards that had actual stones on them.. ..

The museum showed how the borax was mined and processed in the past. It was in a regular closed mine and it was hauled by a team of twenty mules across the desert to the distribution points.  Later they changed it to a pit mine .... easier to mine without having to build and maintain the tunnels.  The museum showed quite a few of the rocks and crystals of the area. They had replicas of the borax purifiers and crushers.

this crystal was huge...about a foot high... they found two of them growing on wood in the mine...
  The plant could be seen from the museum.   It looked like a small town. 

They also had displays that showed what borax is used for. The uses are amazing:  Soap, wall board, detergent, fertilizer, medicine, lens cleaner, fiberglass, shaving cream, copper wire, charcoal briquets, chrome processing, face cleansers, cosmetics and nylons to name a few.

We watched a ten minute movie showing the historial and present use of borax. After the movie they opened the back curtain to show us the open pit of the mining....   It was huge.   We could see what looked like tiny trucks across the hole.  The man told us the tires are twelve feet high and cost $20,000 each and there are 6 on each vehicle.

Definately need to keep an eye on these two....
....  The trucks hold 240 tons and it takes 3 minutes for the loader to load it.  Also the shifts are 12 hour shifts twenty four hours a day.  It was really fascinating to see.  We went to the gift shop before we left... I bought a bunch of rocks....  Outside they had the tires standing up and we took pictures with them... 

Finally we loaded into the van and traveled the final hours to Bullhead city....  the trip between Bakersfield and Bullhead city is flat boring desert and we were happy to arrive at our destination. 

stone31 says:
So nice to make a road trip with the family!
Posted on: Feb 25, 2010
valerieb says:
Sounds like a good time. I love finding those out of the way places that are so interesting. Just think of how expanded your minds are!! But 37 1/2 MPH?? What's with that??
Posted on: Jan 18, 2010
Andy99 says:
I'd like to see the Borax Museum. I remember the TV show Death Valley Days sponsored by 20-Mule Team Borax.
Posted on: Jan 18, 2010
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Yep, its them again
Yep, it's them again
Trees.... (joshua trees?)
Trees.... (joshua trees?)
Boron City sign
Boron City sign
mine
mine
this crystal was huge...about a fo…
this crystal was huge...about a f…
Definately need to keep an eye on …
Definately need to keep an eye on…
Helen, June & Buck
Helen, June & Buck
The gang on the motel balcony
The gang on the motel balcony
Our van .... perfectly packed
Our van .... perfectly packed
La Quinta
La Quinta
scenery....
scenery....
Driving
Driving
scenery
scenery
Yay!  a sign to read
Yay! a sign to read
I insisted on driving down to the …
I insisted on driving down to the…
We didnt stop... Everyone laughed…
We didn't stop... Everyone laughe…
Bye-bye, Keene Cafe....
Bye-bye, Keene Cafe....
Mustang being transported in style…
Mustang being transported in styl…
Windmills
Windmills
Train....
Train....
Train with 127 cars
Train with 127 cars
more windmills
more windmills
more trees....  (yeah...I was bore…
more trees.... (yeah...I was bor…
Chucks Pizza but outside it said …
Chuck's Pizza but outside it said…
Boron city....
Boron city....
Speed signs in the Boron Plant area
Speed signs in the Boron Plant area
14 MPH ....
14 MPH ....
twenty mule team sign...
twenty mule team sign...
Mining carts...
Mining carts...
sign for the carts
sign for the carts
Mule and cart display at the Boron…
Mule and cart display at the Boro…
mules
mules
sylvia with the mules..
sylvia with the mules..
replica of the team with the origi…
replica of the team with the orig…
David loved this because he positi…
David loved this because he posit…
Huge boron rock
Huge boron rock
close up of the boron rock crystal
close up of the boron rock crystal
a display with microscopes showing…
a display with microscopes showin…
Original bells worn by the mules
Original bells worn by the mules
signs on the displays
signs on the displays
display of rocks
display of rocks
display of rocks
display of rocks
another great crystal rock
another great crystal rock
Boron... large rocks...crushed ...…
Boron... large rocks...crushed ..…
borox rocks
borox rocks
crushed borox rocks
crushed borox rocks
borox powder
borox powder
replica of the plant
replica of the plant
replica of the plant
replica of the plant
displays
displays
displays showing how boron is used
displays showing how boron is used
amazing number of uses
amazing number of uses
borax uses in the home
borax uses in the home
borax display
borax display
borax used for detergents and clea…
borax used for detergents and cle…
borax used for fertilizer..
borax used for fertilizer..
oil products
oil products
showing bags of boron
showing bags of boron
signs in the museum of the workpla…
signs in the museum of the workpl…
another side of the crystal
another side of the crystal
boron crystal... the orange color …
boron crystal... the orange color…
boron crystal
boron crystal
the hosts of Death Valley Days ...…
the hosts of Death Valley Days ..…
20 mule wagons cost $900 each and …
20 mule wagons cost $900 each and…
a cute poster
a cute poster
looking at the plant...
looking at the plant...
the pit... the truck in the middle…
the pit... the truck in the middl…
looking at the pit
looking at the pit
boron manufacturing area
boron manufacturing area
looking across the open pit mine
looking across the open pit mine
mine
mine
the right side of the pit...
the right side of the pit...
the pit...
the pit...
mines
mines
sign showing the headframe of the …
sign showing the headframe of the…
headframe of the underground mine
headframe of the underground mine
the twelve foot tires...
the twelve foot tires...
tires
tires
the visitor center
the visitor center
the wagons
the wagons
looking across at the displays
looking across at the displays
visitor center
visitor center
the plant...
the plant...
Using the old tires to protect tel…
Using the old tires to protect te…
Speed limit 37 and a half!!
Speed limit 37 and a half!!
evening sky
evening sky
outlined hills
outlined hills
red sky...
red sky...
Bullhead City
photo by: sylviandavid