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Grave of Death Valley Scotty and his Dog

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Death Valley, California

Walter Scott was a prospector-swindler who spent years milking investors with tales of a nonexistent Death Valley gold mine. He was also the colorful and charming "Death Valley Scotty," veteran of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. One of his backers, a Chicago millionaire, owned an elaborate Death Valley vacation home, and told Scotty he could live there. The home became known as "Scotty's Castle," even though Scotty was nothing more than a guest who never left. When he died in 1954 he was buried on a hilltop grave behind the Castle, next to the grave of his dog Windy. Scotty's bronze tombstone features his likeness; visitors rub his nose for luck.

Grave of Death Valley Scotty and his Dog

Scotty's Castle

123 Scotty's Castle Rd, Death Valley, CA
On the north side of Scotty's Castle Rd either three miles east of the Grapevine Ranger Station in Death Valley National Park, or three miles west of the California-Nevada state line. Follow the path on the left (west) side of Scotty's Castle to the hilltop graves. Note: the nearest gas station is 45 miles away.
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