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Address: Trona, CA
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Southeast of Owens Lake, the salt in this dry lake is colored green by...

Southeast of Owens Lake, the salt in this dry lake is colored green by special bacteria.

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Interesting mix of natural history and manufacturing

A drive through the towns can be depressing as the population is down greatly from the early boom era, but a stop at the Rest Area will provide a great deal of information about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 January 2017
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Lomita, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Driving thru the town of Trona is a glimse of a mining town on it's way out. There is listed an Old Guest House Museum at 13194 Main st. However when we stopped by it was closed. The hours are Mon-Wed-Fri 9-12 and Tue-Thur-Sat 10-1 so good luck seeing this one. The rest of the town is interesting if you... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

A drive through the towns can be depressing as the population is down greatly from the early boom era, but a stop at the Rest Area will provide a great deal of information about the area. Several groups have information boards here that provide a history of the various manufacturing plants that are or were here, the minerals found in... More 

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Nootdorp, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We passed Trona on our way from Ridgecrest, CA to Death Valley NP. Trona is nothing special, we didn't stop but it was interesting to see the lake and the mineral industries. Just before Trona (from Ridgecrest) it's possible to see the Trona Pinnacles, after Trona the road to reach Death Valley is simply breathtaking

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Murrieta, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Had to come to Trona on company business. The lake takes up a good portion of the Searles Valley and is mined for its mineral content. If you remember the TV show Death Valley Days and the 20 mule team wagons, this is where they actually mined the borax and delivered it to the LA Harbor via 20 Mule team... More 

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Nootdorp, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

We passed through Trona and the Searles Lake in our drive to Death Valley. The landscape is pretty impressive. Unfortunately we couldn't stop but it was interesting to see all the industries around the lake and the great white salty surface. On top of that this is a great road to reach Death Valley

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Ridgecrest, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Stop at the rest stop near the middle of town on the lake shore. The local historical society has wonderful display panels that explain all the mining that has been going on at the lake since the Searles brothers discovered borax and shipped it by 20 mule team wagons to San Pedro and Mojave, about the same times that the... More 

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Newbury Park, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

You have to find gems and minerals at least a little interesting to do this weekend. With that said!! It is totally cool. The 1st field trip Saturday morning 9:00 (get there early like 7:00-7:30) is to this black mud. So expect to get really dirty.. You search for Hanksite salt crystals. After you finish and get back in line... More 

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2014

Once year, the second weekend of October, the Trona Gem-o-Rama occurs. During this event there are field trips onto Searles Lake to collect minerals. This is an awesome experience for all.

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Ridgecrest, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

The Searles Brothers discovered borax here in the 1880's, and there are still 2 plants processing minerals from the lake bed today. Mostly borax, and boric acid, but the lake is full of minerals. Visit on Columbus weekend when the lake bed is open for collecting Halite crystals and plant tours happen. Fascinating place, honest!

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Ridgecrest, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012

We have driven through this area a few times and the smell is something that I always remember later. Historically this is amazing.

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