Late 20th century clip shows montage of still images from late 19th century dealing with borax. A view of Death Valley desert in United States. Deposits of borax found in the valley. Picture of San Francisco business man William T. Coleman. William Coleman invested in the borax. Mules seen carrying the cargo of borax. Twenty mule teams used to carry borax out of Death Valley, in operations by William Coleman's Company. Pictures showing the mule teams are seen.
Nine huge airplanes of the 11th Bomb Squadron under command of Lieutenant Charles H Howard take off from March Field, fly over Sierras in Death Valley, California.
Homecoming of the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) in San Diego, California. Wives of the sailors wave as USS prepares to tie up at quay wall. Mayor of San Diego Joshua H. Bean speaks. Consul of Sweden, Waldo Homburg speaks. Consul of Norway speaks. Flags of both those nations and State flag of California are seen. Vice Admiral Sprague speaks. Miss California stand with flowers and waves. Spectators in the background. A band plays. (Presence of the Scandinavian representatives may be related to the cooperation of USS Valley Forge and other U.S. Naval vessels, during production of the motion picture "Windjammer" about the voyage of the Norwegian training vessel, Christian Radich.) Note: Korean war demands required the USS Valley Forge to resupply and sail again on December 6, 1950.
Loading of the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) in San Diego, California. An admiral, another officer and a lady leaves the Valley Forge and drive away in a car. Brow being removed from Valley Forge. Wives of sailors stand on dock as the USS Valley Forge as it begins to pull out. Bow of the ship as it gets underway.
Yosemite National Park in California. Several views of valley and a river below. Men seated near frame buildings near the edge of a valley. A high waterfall in the background. Rock formation ("El Capitan"). Views of valley and a waterfall. Views of forest, mountains and waterfall.
First public test flight of a vertical takeoff plane of the U.S. Army in California. People near a vertical takeoff plane. The pilot, Lou Everett, enters the plane. Close view of the wings of the plane. The plane rises vertically in the air and then flies away. People look as smoke rises from the distance where the plane has crashed. A rescue truck moves towards it. Wreckage of the crashed plane.