Historic Mansion Opens a Week After Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Picture of Scotty's Castle from the California National Park Service website.

Picture of Scotty's Castle from the California National Park Service website.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - A historic mansion in Death Valley National Park is reopening a week after crews contained a nearby wildfire.

Park spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman says the daily living history tours of Scotty's Castle are resuming Thursday morning.

A fire that erupted May 20 burned 15 acres of vegetation north of the mansion and caused minor damage to an outbuilding on the property. The visitor center was closed and power went out.

The castle itself wasn't harmed because winds blew the flames away.

Scotty's Castle is a sprawling but unfinished Spanish-style mansion built in the early 20th century in an oasis in the far northern end of what is now the national park.

It got its name from Walter Scott, a local desert character who was a friend of the original builder.


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