Scotty's Castle is a study in contrasts, much like its setting in Death Valley. While the castle is known worldwide and has been visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists, many myths persist. It is not a castle, nor was it owned by Walter E. Scott, known as "Death Valley Scotty." But the Spanish-style hacienda, also known as Death Valley Ranch, has always been linked to Scott. This book explores the fascinating history of Death Valley Scotty, Albert and Bessie Johnson (the true owners and builders of the castle), and the castle itself from construction to private living quarters to a tourist facility owned and operated by the National Park Service.
About the Author
Robert P. Palazzo is a historian, scholar, attorney, and author who has written on such diverse topics as medieval pilgrimage, relics, outlaws, Shakespeare, and historic weapons. However, the American West remains his true passion. He is a lifetime member of the Death Valley Natural History Association and the New Coso Heritage Society, as well as a board member of the Museum of Western Film History. Scotty's Castle will be his fourth book for Arcadia Publishing, following Death Valley and Ghost Towns of Death Valley, both in the Images of America series, and Railroads of Death Valley in the Images of Rail series, all illustrated with images from his and other private collections.