Scottys Castle, Death Valley National Park

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    Scotty's living room

    by mht_in_la Updated Dec 7, 2003

    When Walter Scott ran this place in the early 20th Century, it was called Death Valley Ranch. And he used to give castle tours to the visitors for $1.1 each. If he's alive today, he must be happy to know the castle is now named after him, and even happier to know the castle continues to con tourist money as in his time.

    The photo shows the main living room viewed from the second floor. Everything was original: the sofa, the fireplace, the carpet, and the chandelier. As we were finishing up our tour, the next group already started.

    Scotty's living room
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    How long can this last?

    by mht_in_la Updated May 30, 2004

    Walked around the grounds of Scottys Castle and I saw landslide over the years push to the edge of the structure. Although the Park Service built resistance walls, one would wonder how long the castle can survive the power of nature.

    When I visited in Nov, 2003, Scottys Castle was going through major construction. New towers were being raised. It was a project Scotty never finished. And now the Park Service is following through. I hope the Park Service spends the money on maintaining and paving the dirt road around the park to make it more user-friendly, instead of building something with no historic significance.

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    Brown nose Scotty?

    by mht_in_la Written Dec 5, 2003

    Walter Scott is buried at the top of a small hill behind Scottys Castle called Windy Point. Walk up the hill to his grave, and get a great bird's-eye view towards the castle. Enlarge the photo to see Scotty's bronze tombstone. Notice he still got a brown nose even after his death?

    Brown nose Scotty
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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