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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

MWT - Part 10 Death Valley National Park - Day 3 Scotty's Castle

Scotty’s Castle
After two days exploring the stark beauty of Death Valley I was totally unprepared for the opulence of a castle built in the desert. Read more about Scotty's Castle here.


26 comments:

A human kind of human said...

WOW! What a story and what a house. Strange, but South Africa has its own legendary Scotty (Smith), a horse thief and con artist par excellance. Maybe I should do a post on him sometime.

Jazz said...

That is fabulous!! Who knew. I love the story.

Small City Scenes said...

So---little Latte (did you decide on a name?) is on the lap eh? teehee

Wonderful story on Scotty Castle.So beautiful inside and out. I have heard the story and found it fascinating then and now.
Just imagine the money going into a house like that and nobody ever living there. Like Maryhill out here on the Columbia. Pass some of that dough my way. LOL MB

Diane AZ said...

Interesting history and so many charming details captured in your images. I especially like the wrought iron/wood gate and the light patterns in the sitting room.

Snap said...

Gaelyn,

This was wonderful! A Castle in Death Valley! Who knew! Fascinating. Thanks!

Sylvia K said...

Fabulous story and place! Your photos are terrific as always, Gaelyn! I never realized there was such a place so near Death Valley! Amazing! Of course, there are a great number of things that I don't know about, but this is one of the more interesting ones!

Have a great weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sylvia

J Bar said...

Fantastic.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Sally in WA said...

Interesting place and great photos, Gaelyn. I enjoyed the history of it.

And to answer your question, yes, I hope to have a ticket to ride and soon! :)

Martha Z said...

Great shots and virtual tour of this interesting place. I always enjoy my visits here whether real or virtual

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Thanks for sharing this great visit to a very special place in Death Valley.

Nina P. said...

An amazing castle and an amazing story! What a strange place to find in Death Valley no less. Love and Light, Nina p

Janie said...

That really is a castle. It's huge! Seems like a good, though unlikely, partnership between Scotty and Johnson.

~Cheryl said...

Great photos! Brings back memories....thanks!

LadyFi said...

How deliciously surprising to find a castle in the desert! Great shots and info.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What an amazing story and place Gaelyn!!

Firefly said...

Very interesting story. I am intruged by the cooling system.

This place should be turned into a hotel or guest house.

Bibi said...

Like a Hearst Castle in the desert! Another place to be on my list....

Pyatshaw said...

Very interesting story--absolutely fascinating. We had a Walter Scott here as well--you'll probably have heard of him, the famous, great writer.

Ishtar said...

Wow! What a house, and what a story!! I'm still amazed!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Why, I never! Never, ever heard of this castle in the desert! What a story - it's kinda sticking with me this morning. Wow!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, I had never heard of this castle. It has been years since I've been to Death Valley but the castle will be on my list next time I go.

koala said...

Not something I would expect in a desert. I like those old cars covered in sand dust.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

What a surprising find in the desert, Gaelyn! Wouldn't mind living there myself!
Janice.

dowhatyoulove said...

Wow, thats truely crazy that was built out there. What a structure! And just to spend a little bit of time out there. Amazing. Hmm, where can I find a rich friend to build me a castle somewhere? =) Actually I wouldn't know what to do with all that space, I will settle for a beautiful cabin somewhere.

Ruth said...

A great post! What an interesting story.

RuthieJ said...

Wow Gaelyn....what a cool place! Thanks for sharing the photos and stories with us.

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