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 Posted: Thu Oct 27th, 2011 07:22 am
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To the fella  and the 20 mule team:-Just as a point of interest up in northern New South Wales in Australia there was a 24 horse stage coach running to about 1924.I have no idea if there are any pics of it but if there is I will try and post some if anybody's interested,or if there are any long ones post pics of it.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 3rd, 2011 09:09 am
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From a newbie  -  -  -  I remembered getting a 20-mule team kit as a child; Dad and I put it together.  Obviously, I don't recall the scale, nor do I remember what became of it over the years.

However, on a recent trip through the west on railroad business, I passed through the town of Boron and saw the signs pertaining to the Borax museum.  It was late in the evening, but I made a note to myself to visit the museum on the next trip.

A month later, and in the daylight hours, I entered the museum and was stepping up to the elderly lady behind the counter to ask if she remembered the plastic kits when the boxes of them caught my eye.  She explained that they were copies (only better detail and plastic) than the originals from years ago.  I bought two of them.

I see a thread on one of the messages relating to a guy who sells them, and I have no qualms with anyone who does so, but being a supporter of any legitimate museum over a retailer, I thought I would post this message to give anyone the opportunity to help out a wothwhile museum which operates mainly (I think) on donations.

Unfortunately, I don't have their mailing address or phone number, but if you ever become interested in obtaining a 20-mule team kit, the museum should not be difficult to locate.

Jim Hightower

  

 

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 Posted: Sun Aug 19th, 2012 12:11 am
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  I too have seen the real borax wagons and Woddie is correct they were weathered wood , and  HUGE !

 

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The kits are available at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley.
I didn't check the price, because I bought 2 from the Boron museum a couple
of years ago. But they have a shelf full as of 2 weeks ago........:2t:

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Glad that they are still around. You know, the models work as well in 1:35/1:32 scale as in 1:48 scale. The large wagons look fine in the larger scale and even the mules can become "20 burro" teams. Just a new muleskinner and a couple of other rubes and you have it. The 2 old kits I found have Ronald Regan and the "Old Prospector" as spokesman for DVDays on the instruction sheets. I used to watch Death Valley Days each week on our old Philco B&W TV and ordered a kit, which was (I believe) $1.00 plus postage & handling.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 23rd, 2012 09:07 pm
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I'll have to dig out my instructions and see who might make an apperance.
The first two photos are from Death Valley Borax Works in July (122 degrees that day).





The next four are from the display at the Boron Mine. Colors look familiar.....
Ken






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Here  is a photo of a painting in the Boron, CA. museum......



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What's going on there?

Looks like some of them mules is goin on strike, and headin out on their own?

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Herb Kephart wrote: What's going on there?

Looks like some of them mules is goin on strike, and headin out on their own?

Herb 

Nope, that's one of the tricks of driving a 20 mule team.   While the front of the team follows the trail, the rear has to continue straight to get those wagons up the grade.   If they all followed the trail the wagons would eventually tip over.  Same on any curves.
Quite a job driving one of those teams and those mules had to be specially trained for each of their positions.



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Dave is right, driving a mule train was indeed a "man's job". One of my books has diagrams of how this was done, imagine working up a switchback road on the side of a mountain-no wonder those old dudes got plenty drunk at the nearest cantina! And they call sitting at a computer "work"...

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