Photograph showing tourists riding the Pacific Coast Borax Company's Baby Gauge Railroad during a tour of borax mines and other sites in Death Valley. The Pacific Coast Borax Company was started by Frances "Borax" Smith in 1890. In 1907 the company moved operations to the Lila C. Mine and the new camp of Ryan in Death Valley. Smith formed the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad and built a rail line from Ludlow to Gold Center, with a branch to Ryan which was used to transport the borax from the Lila C. Mine. When Smith was forced to liquidate his assets, Richard C. Baker took over the Pacific Coast Borax Company in 1913. The Company opened the Biddy McCarthy Mine about twelve miles northwest of Ryan two years later and all of the buildings in Ryan were dismantled and transported by rail to a new site next to the Mine. Although the new camp was officially named Devar, the post office changed the name back to Ryan in 1916.
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