Borax was mined here. It was called white gold. A man named W. T. Coleman put an miming and refining operation together using Chinese laborers starting in 1883. The process was incredibly labor intensive and because the mine was so far from markets or even railways to get the borax to market Coleman developed mule teams to get the refined borax to the rail lone in Mojave, California.
20-Mule Team Borax is still a trademark. And it to took that many animals of that strength and endurance to take the material over the mountains. Only five years later the company went bust not because the mine failed but because Mr. Coleman has many other businesses and financially he ran out of money.
My plan had been to go to Scottie’s Castle however the road is closed and although it was planned to be opened in 2020 it looks like another year or two. The road and part of the castle was damaged by rains in 2015.