A stay in time
The building was built by the Pacific Coast Borax company in 1924.It was originally called Corkill hall and was the social center for Death Valley junction between 1924-48. Death valley junction was the major train stop on the miners way into death valley, from there it was by mule.
From 48 to 67 the hall was abandoned as Death Valley juntion declined and vanished from thought as other means of transportation developed other than trains.
In 1967 Marta Becket discovered the builing and restored the building and changed the name to the Amargosa opera house and hotel opened also. Marta hand painted all the work in the hotel and the opera house. The work is absolutely incredible. The building is left in it original condition icluding amendities to give you the feal of the old west and how it was back then.
There is not much in the area but you are only minutes from Furnace creek thus its a great stay if you are planning a trip to Death Valley. The rates are incredible at a quarter to half the costs of a hotel in the valley itself..
They still give performances at the opera house on saturday nights between October and May. If you are not there on Saturday ask the manager for a tour of the opera house it is well worth the the stop. The history and the artwork is what makes this my favorite stops near Death Valley.
If luxery is you cup of tea this is not for you. If history and living the old west experience is you, you will love it.
Oh did I mention this hotel is rated #7 on the most haunted list.... Room #24 has been known by people to hear a baby crying in it, creepy!!!
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