Death Valley Junction (DVJ) | Amargosa Opera House | California
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Marta Becket from the 1970 National Geographic article that first gained her international attention. Marta started painting the walls of the Opera House in September 1968. so she was about halfway through with the walls at the time this photo was taken. She started painting the ceiling around 1972. Bizarre Los Angeles.
Date Garden at Furnace Creek Ranch, 1938: "To supplement its tourist industry, the Borax Company farmed a date palm grove that produced two hundred tons of fruit a year, and in this company town Mother proudly packed these dates during harvest season. She took a good deal of care placing the sticky, amber fruit just so in the low wooden boxes that bore an image of the date farm at Furnace Creek Ranch and were lined with what she called 'fancy paper.'"
The Gardens at Furnace Creek Inn: "My parents married in 1938 in the date palm garden at Furnace Creek Inn in what was touted as the first official marriage in Death Valley. The hand-colored wedding photo shows my mother wide-eyed, straight-backed, and stylish, with mar-celled hair peeking out from under her blue, wide-brimmed, flowered hat. She is wearing a filmy, pleated, powder-blue chiffon dress with short, puffed sleeves and looks more like Ginger Rogers than a future housewife. "
Dining Room, Amargosa Hotel: "One noon, he told me once, thirty army men arrived in town and wanted to be fed. The cook threw up his hands when he saw how many there were. He went to the store and got a bottle of booze, and in an hour he was drunk. Here Dad assumed the booming voice of some old time, desert rat who’s seen and done it all: 'So I fired him, promoted the dishwasher to chef, waited the tables, and got them all fed.Things like that happened all the time. It was an exciting life.'"
In 1967, a few miles from the California-Nevada border, a flat tire changed the trajectory of an #artist’s career and life. #NYC #ballerina and #Broadway #dancer #MartaBecket was camping with her husband in #DeathValley, #California when their trailer got a flat, sending them to Death Valley Junction for service.