No trip to Death Valley would be complete without a visit to Scotty’s Castle.
The castle is well above the valley floor at an elevation of 4000’. It is still plenty hot in the summer but not as hot as Furnace Creek.
The interior is kept dark, all the curtains pulled to protect the fabrics. Flash is allowed but I found I liked the effect better if I increased the ISO to 1600 and didn’t use flash.
The “castle” didn’t actually belong to Scotty and he didn’t live there, but he did have a room of his own. The owners of the “Castle”, Albert and Bessie Johnson, provided him a home elsewhere. Scotty would come to the Ranch to entertain the Johnson’s visitors with his tall tales.
They enjoyed entertaining and the large dining room shows they could feed quite a few.
There were four or five bedrooms, another indication that they liked to entertain as they had no children.
Above the daybed is displayed a small part of Bessie’s collection of native baskets. I like the drop down desk.
Beautiful tile work and pottery is found through out.
The music room must have been a favorite with visitors. Behind this screen was a pipe organ.