Death Valley, California - It is little wonder that the 20 mule team borax outfits of the late 1800's became world famous. They hauled 46,000 pounds of borax and their own water and hay over the arduous 165 mile, ten day trip to Mojave via Wingate Pass.
The unbelievably long string of mules were controlled by a 125 foot check line that was connected with the lead animals. (Postcard copyright Ferris H. Scott, Santa Ana, CA 1960's)
Twenty Mule Team - The first mules used on the wagons built by J.S.W. Perry were owned by Charless Bennett. Ash and Hickory used was aged in the desert or the wagons would soon have fallen apart.
Rear wheels were seven feet high, front wheels five feet, with steel tires eight inches wide and one inch thick. The complete wagon weighed three tons and carried ten tons. They cost around $900 each to build. (Postcard copyright by Merle Porter and published by Royal Pictures, Colton CA 1950's)