DEATH VALLEY

Tractor

(A) This early photo was taken during the time when the great Best tractor experiment was underway. It is now in the Pacific Coast Borax Company museum at Furnace Creek Ranch, California.

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On a recent trip to Death Valley, California I took the series of pictures appearing on these pages.

Believing you may want to publish these photos, I have written captions for them. The information on the captions I gathered at the little museum in Furnace Creek Ranch and by the use of my steel rule tape. This is an interesting relic, and it is a shame that it has been picked apart.

The following story accompanies the picture:

'Old Dinah was F. M. 'Borax' Smith's experiment in transporting ore from the mines at Borate to the railroad at Daggett in 1894. Dinah was a traction engine. She burned coal 3 tons per day. Her speed was 3 miles per hr. on level ground, not including time out for getting stuck in the sand. On steep grades she slipped backwards faster than she could move forward. It took 4 men to keep Dinah in operation; an engineer, a fireman, a brakeman, and a mechanic who worked all night every night to put her in shape for the next day's run. After a year of struggle Dinah was abandoned, and the 20 Mule Teams, which had continued to haul alongside of her, took over the entire job again.'