Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
The U.S. Borax Company originally used their famous wagons to haul Borax out of Ryan in Death Valley. Later this was served by the narrow gauge Death Valley Railway. Around 1927 a new open pit mine was opened near Boron, California on the ATSF. This pit was still going strong in the 1950s. Where the borax went is a good question. Obviously they made soap out of it, but it has a lot of other commercial uses.
See David Myrick's RAILROADS OF NEVADA AND EASTERN CALIFORNIA, v. 2 for more information.