Trona History

Trona 1974

Trona 1974

Jeff White sent me a great photo of Trona. I couldn’t wait to share it. Click Here    

Picket Line 1941 Strike

Trona Strike Threat Fades

A threatened walkout of employes at one of San Bernardino county’s largest industries, the vast American Potash & Chemical Co. plant at Trona, was apparently averted yesterday after all-day negotiations between union labor officers and the company executives. It was understood that local 414 of Alkaline Salt Workers union, a C.I.O. affiliate, representing a number […]

A few of the homes that remained in Borosolvay in 1953.

30 Homes Are Being Moved Into Trona

Randsburg, March 13 [1924] -W. P. Pierce local truck man has returned from Trona where he has finished the first half of a contract to move 30 houses built originally for the Borosolvay plant into Trona. The houses are built on the lines that made them comfortable the year around and they are dust proof. […]

Coffee Shop 19 Oct 1950

Fire Razes Trona Coffee Shop

Trona, Oct 19 [1950] – Fire late today destroyed the huge Trona Coffee Shop, the town’s only restaurant, and the sole eating place for 1,000 unmarried male employees of the big American Potash & Chemical Co. desert plant. Tonight it looked as thought they will have a diet of sandwiches and coffee for next few […]

Great Falls

Trona Mountain Water System

When you take a drink from the Trona Mountain Water System did you ever wonder where the this water came from or how it was brought into Trona or what an undertaking it was to bring good drinking water here so that people could live here and this Company could build a plant? Very few people […]

Stockwell Mine Changes Hands

Trona – The Stockwell Mine, eight airline miles northeast of Trona has been sold by Mr. Edward E. Teagle long time resident of the desert area who will celebrate his 92nd birthday in May. Purchasers of the mine are Peter Cherian and Clifford Hazelton of Visalia. The new owners , who took over on March […]

Trona 1941

Trona in the 1940s

The picture above is an aerial view of Trona in 1941.  As my brother, Joel, pointed out to me it is the best picture of Trona for pointing out the location of various sites that have been mentioned in posts on this site and on Trona on The Web. If you click on it you […]

Burnham Plant

The Burnham Chemical Company

  George B Burnham was working as an engineer for the Solvay Chemical Company in Borosolvay when the plant shut down in 1921. Burnham patented 24 different processes for extracting various chemicals from the brine in Searles Lake. Burnham believed he could be competitive with AP&CC and the other chemical companies and he was able […]

California May Furnish Potash for Whole Country -1912

Sausalito News, Volume 28, Number 42, 12 October 1912 San Francisco—Are the desert valleys of Inyo and San Bernardino counties to become the source of the potash supply of the United States? That the question is an important, one for the state is evident when it is considered that $20,000,000 worth of potash is used […]

Searles Valley Prior to 1900

After hearing of the success “Borax” Smith was having mining borax in Death Valley John Searles returned Borax flats, a place he had passed through while searching for gold. This time he and his partners filed five claims for minerals on the dry lake that would eventually be named after him. The San Bernardino Borax […]