Valley National Park
If you are lucky enough to visit these ghost towns, please consider that every piece of rusting machinery and bit of wood represents a part of our past. Please treat them with the respect these "outdoor museums" deserve. Do not remove, burn or disturb anything.
This town was "built" around a fictitious (for all practical purposes) copper strike in 1905. Water had to be hauled into the town and was sold for $15 a barrel! The town grew to a population of 2,000 and was known for its lively magazine, The Death Valley Chuckwalla. By 1909 the mining had collapsed without ever showing significant (or insignificant! -ed) production, and people left for other areas. There are no ruins left in Greenwater which is located south of Dante's View off the Greenwater Valley gravel road. There is however a very small sign by the side of the road - in poor condition - that simply proclaims the site as Greenwater. Charles Schwab, George Graham Rice and other famous Eastern financiers were heavily involved in what became the Greenwater scam.
into the area and in April, 1926 the town was laid out with 1749 lots.
Two things contributed to the demise of the town by 1927. One was the financial downfall of Charles Julian and the other was the playing out of lead in one of the main mines. The area is scattered with mines, dumps, tunnels and prospect holes. There are remains of wood and tin buildings, a dugout and cement foundations of the mill. The town is located on the Titus Canyon road. This is a one way high clearance unpaved road that sometimes requires 4 wheel drive and is routinely closed in the summer. For more information, ask for the handout on Leadfield.
This town was founded in 1906 when 2 prospectors were on their way to the strike at Harrisburg and found gold. The town reached a population of 700 and became famous as the site of the only hanging to take place in Death Valley. It occurred when Hootch Simpson, a saloon owner who had fallen on hard times, tried to rob the bank, was foiled in the attempt, and later went back and killed the owner of the store in which the bank was located. During the night the townspeople hanged Hootch. According to legend, he was hanged twice. The second hanging was to accommodate news photographers who missed the first hanging. No one was ever arrested for the hanging of Hootch Simpson. Skidoo is located off the Wildrose road on a high clearance unpaved 4wd road. Nothing remains of the town except an interpretive sign.
Death Valley Junction
* areas under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management.
Panic of 1907!