The Inn at Death Valley

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Discover the Inn at Death Valley, which was originally constructed as the Furnace Creek Inn.

The Inn at Death Valley, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2012, dates back to 1927.

The Inn at Death Valley was constructed during the “Roaring Twenties,” in which flappers, the radio, and the Art Deco movement defined the age.

The Inn at Death Valley is an amazing historic destination located within the majestic Death Valley National Park. Once known as the Furnace Creek Inn, this spectacular location is celebrated today as a AAA-rated four-diamond resort. Many illustrious guests have even vacationed at the Inn at Death Valley over the years, including Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard.

The building itself was originally created by Richard C. Smith of the Pacific Coast Borax Company. Back then, the structure was meant to serve those traveling along the now-defunct Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad. Owned and operated by Francis Marion Smith, the railroad transported borax from mines scattered throughout the area. Borax magnate Richard C. Smith eventually took control of the railroad during the 1920s. By this point, the railroad was in dire need of additional revenue. He thus began running passenger trains along the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, which carried tourists who wanted to experience the natural beauty of Death Valley.

In order to facilitate more interest in the region, Richard C. Smith constructed a luxurious holiday retreat known as the Furnace Creek Inn in 1927. He then hired the Fred Harvey Company to manage the destination on his behalf. The Fred Harvey Company subsequently managed the inn for many decades thereafter, transforming the building into one of the country’s leading vacation getaways. Now known as the Inn at Death Valley, this outstanding location is currently part of a much larger complex called the Oasis at Death Valley. The entire destination still entertains countless individuals who yearn to see the natural wonders of Death Valley National Park.

  • Famous Historic Guests +
    Marlon Brando, celebrated actor known for such movies as The Godfather and On the Waterfront. Clark Gable, renowned actor known for his roles in Gone with the Wind and It Happened One Night. Carole Lombard, celebrated actress known for her roles in My Man Godfrey and Nothing Sacred.

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