Guess most of that water was mostly for the mules.
That must have been a rare site to see even back in the 1880s! To see it in the 21century is something else entirely. Thank you. it is an image that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
I remember building a model of this in the 1960s. We sent away for it i think from Borax. It was lite blue, so needed painting
1:55 – Wow!
Do these horse/mule driven wagon still work in your place? Or it was just some revival project?
My grandfather had a picture of the mule team he used on the farm way back when . . . He also set up two sets of harness bells for our doorbell; used to scare the hell out of traveling salesmen . . .
68 here and can't say "years young"….lol I still remember the 20 Mule Team Borax adds on Death Valley Days as a little fellow. Amazing thing, that TV, it had us all mightily impressed. That program took us back around 100 years. You just took us back around 70 more on top of that. Amazing work you all do!! Thanks for sharing a look at it. AMEN.
What a story!
im awe struck by the craftsmanship by you and your team! Amazing!
I am in awe – from start to finish of the complete build. You sir, are beyond a Master Craftsman. A laborer uses his hands. A craftsman uses his hands and his mind. But an artist uses his hands, his mind and his heart. You are truly a Master Artist.
And thank you, sir, for not begging for likes and subscriptions!
Beautiful mule team, beautiful wagons, excellent accomplishment…..Congratulations to all involved. Thanks much !
That is incredible to watch and know that back in the day our ancestors had so much going for them to even try such a thing. Then a man comes along and replicates that very event by making by hand copies of once was. Hats off to everyone connected in this monumentous effort. If I were a movie producer I would love to do a story on the men who drove these huge rigs and to the men who organized all those mules. Job more than well done.
Oh I need you to make a quick U turn! I forgot my scarf.
Well, this whole scene puts a huge lump in my throat. I am 73 years old and I remember well the old Ronald Reagan narrations of the Tv show. It is quite a memory – as they had footage of the 20 mules team pulling the borax wagons- I suppose the same wagons you fellows had to model this new train from.
When I was a boy of 9, my father owned a small sawmill in Missouri cutting props for mines off of contract cutting on various owner's land. The trees were generally pine but also some oak and other species. The biggest trees would be upward of 18-inch diameter. Because of the way the hills and forest was and the select cutting, there were no hauling roads. The logs were hauled out- skidded one at a time- from the forest to the mill. So tandem mule teams were used for this. These were huge mules of drayage stock and I was given a team, shown how to work with them, told where to go, what colored rags to follow to get to the felled log, snatch it with a set of tongs so big I could hardly lift them, and lead the mules in and out back to the mill where the men at the mill would take the log and I would then be given a little map, usually written on grocery sack paper, to go get another log. Most days, I would skid two logs in the morning and two in the afternoon. There were three other teams working other parts of the local woods to help keep the mill supplied with logs. I attended school at a very small, one room school house with all 12 grades taught by a single teacher, three days a week- and that schedule was not unusual for kids on working farms and such (this is why I had to repeat the 4th, 5th and 6th grades).
The two mules I had were Bess and Old Tom- both black with white blaze and hooves and so broad, it was like doing the splits to ride on heir back- which I seldom did- I always walked leading them. That was my team- we skidders never switched teams since the mules grew accustomed to our voices and commands. Those mules were much smarter than I was at the time- they knew their jobs and how to do it right. If you tried to get them to do something dumb, they just would not do it- they were uncanny- to me, they were just like regular people and I thought of them as friends and apparently, they thought of me that way as well for they never did anything but occasionally steal from my lunch sack- an apple or a candy bar- once, my whole dang lunch went down a mule gullet, with the paper sack! But I was very young and had a childish mind full of imagination so we would amble along with me singing and talking and telling them stories- they were excellent listeners, too…
Then my Dad lost the sawmill to the bankers,. the day they took the mill I was off at school and when I came back, trucks had come and taken all the mules and the most of the mill. When my Dad explained what had happened I cried like a baby. My Mules were gone- they were my best friends…It took me a very long time to get over it.
So, seeing these mules doing this work so confidently and with such will, smarts, and determination, I kind of get emotional.
That entire effort was great. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Like many of the others who have commented – i'm old now- 69 – but i watched this TV show- Death Valley Days – every week – with my parents and younger sisters. This video sure brings back many old and happy memories. Thank you for making it possible!!
Why do they use mules instead of draft horses? I'm just curious.
20 mules are going to drink a great deal of water; that must be quite a constraint?Some sweat loading 20 tons of borax!https://www.desertusa.com/desert-california/borax.html
So would my 20hp Craftsman mower pull this?
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