I went to Death Valley when I was in high school . I went with a friend of mine and his parents . His father managed , at the time , the concessions at Stovepipe Wells . There are two places to stay in Death Valley , Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells . He spent the weekend that we were there working and so my friend’s mother drove her son and I around doing the tourist thing .
Another fascinating sight in Death Valley , up at 7000 feet in elevation , are the charcoal kilns . They look like ancient structures ; but they’re not ancient .
A person would have to be a tough type , with rough desert rat endurance , to live and work in Death Valley , especially in pre – air conditioning days . Hats off to the twenty-mule team borax wagon teamsters ! It must have been a hard life . To each his own , I say ; to each his own .