Friday, 28 September 2012
There is a stylish monument to the Death Valley Scotty story just 300 miles from Los Angeles. It's the most impressive building in America's greatest wilderness, both inside and out, with lavish detailing and furnishings. I don't know how many people visit Death Valley each year, but 150,000 of them tour Scotty's Castle and hear recounted some of the many hilarious anecdotes that originate with the man.
Frank Lloyd Wright was consulted over the plans to build the Castle. It took over a decade to construct and was never completely finished. Today it is owned and operated as a museum by the U.S. National Park Service. It provides a lasting focal point for the Death Valley Scotty legend, and a wonderful reminder for anyone touring the region.
Scotty's grave is on ground overlooking the Castle. The plaque which memorializes the grave sets out his "four don'ts" . Actually, Scotty is one of the few men to have escaped his own grave. Shortly after he was buried a flash flood carried off his coffin and he had to be committed to the earth a second time.
It just goes to show that you can't keep a good man down.