Goodbye to Borax Haystacks & Shovel Town

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Goodbye to Borax Haystacks & Shovel Town

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:36 pm

The remains of the borax haystacks way out near the Cottonball Marsh are eroding rapidly. The West Side Borax Camp AKA Shovel Town is difficult to locate having been exposed to nature for over a century.

I happened to stumble upon two of the borax haystack fields on my way out and back from The Cottonball Marsh. Here are a video and stills to document the haystacks as they existed in 2015 and 2017. Also included are images and comments by our very own Candace_66 and Gowergulch who added their expertise. Google Earth was a big help as well.

I do hope to make it out on the flats again soon and try to locate a few more of the haystack fields before they wash and blow away forever.

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