20 Mule Team Borax Wagon Display – Laws Railroad Museum And Historic Site
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20 Mule Team Borax Wagon Display – Laws Railroad Museum And Historic Site

August 30, 2019

Here we are at the laws museum at the 20
Mule Team borax wagon display we have Jay he’s going tell us a little bit about these wagons these wagons are exact replicas down to
what kind of wood they’re made of the kind of metal and the the fact that the
metal is not arc welded at all it’s Forge welded and what you’re about
to see our exact exact replicas made by Dave at Engle Coach at Engle Coach works
in Montana and I will say there’s a word used far too often in today’s world
that word is awesome but these wagons you’ll see are awesome, Wow These wagons and the first reconstructed wagons were first run in the 2017 Rose
Parade they were also run with one of the 2/3 size water tenders the water
tender is still under construction but should be here for meal days here
for Mule Days here in Bishop so this is pretty amazing now this wheel
is how big? it’s seven foot diameter over 1,000 pounds just for one for just the
one wheel and it’s got a steel tire on it yes the steel tire is what might
have been rubber in today’s world but it’s one inch thick eight inch wide
steel that has to be heated in a fire to be put around the pre-constructed
wood frame and then shrunk fit to the wood frame so that it will never come
off now this looks like it’s oak to me is that correct? there is some oak I understand
that this is ash on the sidings that’s an Eastern ash and Eastern
Oakwood I’d like you to take a look at those places for example up here at this
eye on the break level, yeah, but no arc welding there and that’s all Forge
welded so now this is what you would have seen with the 20 Mule Team they
would pull a couple wagons like this train together? yes okay, so here is what you will find at the Harmon Borax Museum 2 of these and a water tender and and this is exactly what the copy and the blueprints
that are over here on the wall okay are made from and what would we put in the barrel? Those were designed for
water also okay here’s here’s the route that they took some of their camps were
dry camps there were only two Teamsters well one was a teamster one was a
Swamper that took care of the Mules and that’s the Swamper, he’s the mule tender yeah he’s the fella that puts on the harnesses in the morning
takes him off make sure they’re fed he’s also the break man so now this is the break right here? yes.
and that looks like a big chunk of wood this definitely is that. The lever up
here,oh that’s the big brake lever right there this I see. You can see where this is forked over here, right that’s also Forge
welded maybe you can see yeah you can it looks like it’s just one piece basically
yes it took two guys the Swamper and the mule Skinner and the mule
Skinner was an outrider up here that had a jerk line that communicated with the
front mules and team with which way to turn go stop and so forth the mules learned to jump this chain
because when you go around the corner I look sure the chains going to come over
to keep from cutting the corner you need to have your back to mules or back four
mules or the back six meals going straight ahead until it’s time to make
the corner and because the front mules are dragging the chain around against
the shanks of the mules the mules will jump the chain you know what one mule would be attached
to one of these, yes what do you call that? a single tree and there would be one
mule on each one of those, yes so this if you had 20 meals here this is gonna have
to be considerably longer because you have only got six
here.yes yes. fourth of July parade 2017 in Washington DC and if you want to
watch that on YouTube it’s on there it’s on there and if you have a patriotic you
bone in your body it’s gonna vibrate seeing these 20 Mule teams of people
cheering and the whole thing the whole train going down Pennsylvania Avenue.
well those are pretty cool. oh it’s awesome these are awesome and we’re really
looking forward to getting the water tender in here. Are you going to have
room for them in here? yes they’ll actually go behind the existing wagons
oK we’ve measured and there’s also going to be an exhibit up here of harnessing
techniques and we’re hoping to at some point have a diorama
on some of the walls showing the mules coming out of Death Valley. okay Jay well
thanks so much for explaining all these mules to us I appreciate it. Thanks
for visiting yes it’s been my pleasure yes likewise and we’ll have to come back
and see you again sometime. oh please. and I hope everybody out there that sees
this comes and sees the borax wagon display it’s pretty cool


  • Reply Jimmy Britt June 2, 2019 at 12:21 am

    It would be cool if Disney made up twenty mules and set that up as a complete display . Then the visitors would get just how big it all was 😉👍🇺🇸

  • Reply Hike Camp June 2, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Some real outstanding history… 👍👍

  • Reply Huples Cat EPL June 2, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Thanks Jay! Hope you get to see this. great job

  • Reply Campfire Steve June 2, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Cool attention to detail!

  • Reply Alan METALMAN – Outdoors June 2, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I enjoy looking at museums but its always nice to have a guide that that give you that extra information. I think its also important to keep history alive and places like this do exactly that. I agree with Julie, it's not cool – it's awesome! Cheers Alan

  • Reply THE SOLO HIKER June 2, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Thanks for taking us along. That was so informative.
    The Solo Hiker….

  • Reply Pidasian Hippie June 9, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Jay is really passionate about this museum and it is great to hear him talk about these wagons and their history. It must have been a sight to see the mules pulling these wagons.

  • Reply EngelsCoachShop June 13, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Very nice coverage of the wagons in Laws. I ran across your video last night and was greatly impressed. Well done! Fiddlin' Pete, also part of the Laws directory, told me recently there that the wagons are now the biggest draw to their museum. Your nice video will help spread the word. Thanks again to you both.

  • Reply oryray amenay June 29, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    water wagon is finished, appears in bishop CA parade, and delivered to laws museum. https://youtu.be/nPq3m7ueP8Q

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