Monday, March 26, 2007

Death Valley Ranch, a.k.a. "Scotty's Castle"

An unfinished hacienda for a Chicago millionaire

Surely one of the most interesting places to visit in Death Valley is "Scotty's Castle," a mansion built by Chicago insurance magnate Albert Johnson between 1922 and 1933. As interesting as the home itself, with its completely original furnishings, is the story of the unlikely friendship between conservative, Cornell-educated Johnson and Walter Scott, a cowboy con artist known to all as "Death Valley Scotty". Don't miss it if you come to Death Valley.

Park staff wear 1930's period costumes when leading tours through the home.

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