Our first full day here in Death Valley was warm. We started at 9 am on our ventures. First was Scotty’s Castle. We did two tours here, the first at 10, the Castle, which was an hour long. The second tour was of the tunnels under the Castle, lots and lots of tunnels.
Scotty’s Castle is a two story Spanish Villa in Grapevine Canyon, in Death Valley. The villa was constructed as a desert vacation home for Chicago insurance executive Albert Johnson, his wife Bessie and their friend Walter Scott.
Scott was a prospector who was known as “Death Valley Scotty”. Scotty was a gold prospector, who claimed to have found gold. Johnson invested in Scotty’s gold mine, never got a return on his money but became life long friends.
Construction of the Castle began in 1925 and continued until 1931 when the effects of the Depression stopped any further building.
This was the pool, it was dug but never completed.
The pool tile was stacked along the walls in the tunnels.
The tiles for the pool were from California.
Picture of the main living area was taken from the second floor balcony. All the furniture in the house is original.
The dining room started out as the library. The dishes on the left side of picture were all imported from Spain.
We must have taken 100 pictures, but here are just a few.
After the tours we moved to the Stovepipe Wells Campground, more centrally located in the park. It’s not really a campground just a large parking lot for 100 MNs. They charge $12.00 a night, but much better then driving 50 miles to see the sights.
We have no internet connection here in the park so not sure when the blog will get updated. I will just keep writing and saving them.