Scottys Castle, Death Valley National Park

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    Scotty's Castle

    by Andraf Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    Scotty's Castle, Death Valley

    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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    Guns

    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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    Dining Room and China
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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.

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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.

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    Guest Rooms

    by Basaic Written Jul 10, 2010

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    Guest Room

    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.

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    Have a Picnic

    by Basaic Written Jul 8, 2010

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    Picnic Table

    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.

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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.

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