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Albert Johnson and Scotty stand in front of the entrance at Scotty's Castle, formerly called Death Valley Ranch. "Death Valley Ranch" is carved into the wood beam above the doorway. A dog stands in front of the two men. Scotty's Castle was built, but never completed, in the 1920s. Flamboyant cowboy, storyteller, Walter Scott, convinced Chicago millionaire Albert Johnson to invest in his (fraudulent) gold mine in the Death Valley area. Johnson actually spent time vacationing and recuperating from illness at the property, which is now a museum.
Scott, Walter E.--1872-1954 Scotty's Castle Museums--Death Valley (Calif. and Nev.) Dwellings--Death Valley (Calif. and Nev.) Works Progress Administration Collection photographs Death Valley (Calif. and Nev.) Johnson, Albert,1904-1993