Scottys Castle, Death Valley National Park

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    Bessie Johnson's bedroom

    by mht_in_la Updated Dec 5, 2003

    Inside Scottys Castle we saw Bessie Johnson's bedroom. Bessie was the wife of Albert Johnson, the guy who really built the castle (not Walter Scott). Bessie liked to study in bed, so she designed a folding table as seen in photo. When she's done reading and writing, she can just fold the table up and turn to sleep. Pretty smart design.

    Bessie Johnson's bedroom
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    Scotty's Castle

    by Andraf Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    Frankly this is the only thing in Death Valley that I didn't care about. In my opinion it's just a house albeit a fancy one in the middle of the desert. They were charging $10 to visit the interior and we decided it's not worth it. There was a long line of people willing to pay the $10 so in fact it was $10 plus waiting. We visited the grounds instead.
    The story about the castle goes like this: Scotty was a guy who pretended to have found a gold mine and be filthy rich; in reality he had no money but he persuaded his friend Albert Johnson, a Chicago millionaire who was searching for a quiet retreat, to build this house. The building started in the 20's but was never finished.

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    A hot place to live!

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 22, 2003

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    Scotty's Castle

    Lies 60 km north of Hwy 178. Scotty’s Castle is a big Mediterranean-style Hacienda built for a millionaire and his eccentric friend, “Death valley Scotty”. Great stories are told about this lovely old building; Guided tours in costume and following local habits are offered daily from 09.00 hrs till 17.00 hrs. Normally the waiting time is approx. 1 hour.

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    Guns

    by Basaic Written Jul 10, 2010

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    Of course since this was still the old west and both Mr. Johnson and Scotty enjoyed hunting, they had a nice gun collection.

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    Art

    by Basaic Updated Jul 10, 2010

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    There were a number of very nice paintings in the home. I think the woman in the painting shown in Photo 4 was Mrs. Johnson.

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    Dining Area

    by Basaic Written Jul 10, 2010

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    This was the dining area, and shows the large collection of china used for the guests. Photo 2 shows the chair Scotty sat in during meals to eat and tell his stories.

    Dining Room and China Scotty's Chair
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    Kitchen

    by Basaic Written Jul 10, 2010

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    Here are two photos of the kitchen. Photo 1 shows the early refrigerator and photo 2 shows part of the Johnson’s extensive collection of Native American Baskets.

    Kitchen Native American Baskets
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    Guest Rooms

    by Basaic Written Jul 10, 2010

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    This was one of the guest rooms. Many famous people stayed at Scotty’s Castle. A number of actors and even a president or two.

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    The Plaza

    by Basaic Written Jul 10, 2010

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    The tour starts in the plaza area of the castle with an orientation briefing by a ranger in period costume.

    Ranger Debbie Briefing on the Plaza Plaza Plaza
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    Have a Picnic

    by Basaic Written Jul 8, 2010

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    There are picnic tables located by the parking area so you can eat lunch outdoors and admire the castle.

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    Chimes Tower

    by Basaic Written Jul 8, 2010

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    There is a neat looking tour with bells and chimes inside just on the other side of the powerhouse. I do not think this building is open to the public.

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    Stables

    by Basaic Written Jul 8, 2010

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    East of the home are the stables. Today the building is used to store a collection of wagons and cars from the home and the era.

    Stables Wagon 1928 Ford Old Car 1925 Graham Brothers Dump Truck
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    The Cook House

    by Basaic Written Jul 8, 2010

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    On slightly higher ground along the trail to Scotty’s Grave is the house where the cook and other servants lived.

    Cook's House Inside the Cook's House
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