The Old West met the new earlier this week as the Mojave Air and Space Port played host to a team of 100 mules and their wranglers.
The mule team is being taken through the Antelope Valley to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aquaduct. The group stopped for a rest at the spaceport in midweek, and there was a viewing period for the public on Thursday.
Mules were ubiquitous in the Old West. Mojave was the terminus for the 20 mule teams that would bring borax down from Death Valley for shipment on the railroad.
Today, Mojave is more famous for the space planes being built in its hangars and tested in its skies than for its mules. But, for a brief period earlier this week, the past and the future met in the High Desert.