Press release

The American Mule Museum and the Laws Railroad Museum are excited and proud to announce an upcoming alliance. The American Mule Museum, dedicated to the preservation of history and contributions of the American Mule, has donated $20,000 to the Laws Railroad Museum. The purpose of this donation is to assist in the completion of the display barn for the historic 20 Mule Team Death Valley Borax wagons, owned and constructed by the Death Valley Conservancy.

This collaboration not only helps to enable the display of the wagons in the Mule Capitol of the World, but also recognizes the distinctive relationship between these important history-based organizations. The Laws Museum, dedicated to the preservation of Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra history, and the Death Valley Conservancy, which supports many projects including historic preservation in Death Valley National Park, and the American Mule Museum, champions of the great American Mule, all bring unique and valuable contributions to this partnership.

The soon-to-be completed Laws Museum Exhibit Barn will house the iconic full-scale working reproduction of the Death Valley 20-Mule Team Wagons, that made their debut to an estimated worldwide audience of 40,000,000 viewers at the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade, and will be the initial focus of these three organizations working together.

The Board of Directors of the American Mule Museum wishes to congratulate the Death Valley Conservancy and the Laws Railroad Museum for their outstanding work in making the Exhibit Barn a reality and looks forward to exciting joint projects in the future.

The American Mule Museum is proud to make this donation and is enthusiastic and prepared to help tell the story at Laws of the great American Mule and its remarkable contribution to the West and the Eastern Sierra.

The Laws Museum is thankful for the American Mule Museum’s generous donation and it continues to seek funding to complete the Barn project.

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