Two, huge Borax 20-Mule Team Wagons and trailing water tank at the new wagon barn at the Laws Railroad Museum. The wagons played a large part in Boron’s history, which is celebrated each October with Twenty Mule Team Day. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Though it appears to be just another remote mining community in the High Desert between North Los Angeles County and the High Sierras, Boron is a town of surprises hidden behind the doors of museums, satisfying eateries, and “mom and pop” businesses. In an effort to revitalize the local economy and enhance the quality of life for its citizens, the Boron Chamber of Commerce allied itself with local industry and public agencies to lead the effort to reveal Boron’s local treasures with a general plan of improvement.
Like every other small community in the nation, times are a bit tough. However, the Boron community has rallied to make changes with a lot of old fashioned volunteer hard work. Each year, Boron celebrates this hardened miner spirit, with the Twenty Mule Team Day celebration held the first Saturday in October.
All Twenty Mule Team Days guests are encouraged to take a short trip to the Rio Tinto Operations site to see the Borax Visitors Center, where displays of minerals, geological facts, and mining equipment are on display.
Make sure to plan a visit to Boron October 6 for the Twenty Mule Team Day Anniversary celebrations.
The Twenty Mule Team Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Boron. SUBMITTED PHOTO