Sunday, January 13, 2013

Scotty's Castle

Death Valley's Mysterious Mansion

I won't attempt to tell the story of Scotty's Castle.  No one knows all of its secrets, and even the 'facts' are murky.

a photograph of the facade of scotty's castle in death valley national park
Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park

The project started as a vacation home for Albert M. Johnson, a millionaire insurance executive with an interest in gold mines, and his associate, Walter E. Scott.  Scott, also known as "Death Valley Scotty," may or may not have convinced Johnson to invest in non-existent gold mines in the California desert.  Johnson didn't seem to hold a grudge, and the two became close friends.  Death Valley Scotty lived in the 'Castle' for the rest of his days.

a photo showing detailed wood carving at scotty's castle
Scotty's Castle, Exterior Detail

a photograph of the interior of scotty's castle in death valley
Scotty's Castle, Interior

a photo showing the detailed tiles at scotty's castle

a photograph of the clock tower at scotty's castle

Scotty's Castle an attraction in Death Valley National Park in California.  The National Park Service provides entertaining and informative tours of the property.  The location is remote, but the tours are suitable for visitors of all ages.

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