Ran across this photo and thought you guys might like a change. Can you imagine the skill it took to manage these ponies?
Them thar ponies shore have big ears!
Allan from down under.
Seems like I can remember Ronald Reagan doing some some '20 Mule Team Borax' advertising on "Death Valley Days"? Maybe I am revealing my age?
Even back then, there were a 'couple of spares' in reserve....
Driving those mules is a lot of work. I wonder how many mules they lost driving them across the desert back in the day. Pulling ten tons of product had to be a lot of work for the mules in the heat of the desert. Back when I was a teenager I used a horse to pull logs out to a landing so they could be cut up and loaded on a truck. Most times we only hooked one log at a time and sent her on her way to the landing. She never needed anyone with her she just knew where to go on her own after the first couple of trips. We would pull two logs and let her rest for an hour. We got a lot of jobs on state land as they did not want machinery on the land. Sometimes I do miss doing that kind of work.
30+ tons total with the wagons and water! You can see the remains of some of those wagons if you visit Death Valley. 125 degrees when I was there.
In 1962 I saw this slogan on a washroom wall in Death Valley:
"Use Boraxo and have your wash smell like a 20 mule team"