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Changes afoot in DV Junction, Furnace Creek (pics)

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Changes afoot in DV Junction, Furnace Creek (pics)

Post by Candace_66 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:35 pm

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Lots of changes going on in Death Valley Junction and Furnace Creek!

First, in and near DV Junction...

I actually first saw this sign awhile ago...apparently they now want people to pay $25 to park their RVs overnight (or even during the day?). In many places you can get a campsite with hookups for that price, LOL. I wondered if the orange rig in the background was dodging the charge by hiding behind the tree?

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The Lik Gallery is now empty. I guess Peter didn't sell enough photographs from here? ;-) Not sure when it closed, because as of this moment it is still listed on his website.

http://www.lik.com/galleries/deathvalley.html

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Finally, and most interesting, is this big facility that is under construction at the junction with Highway 190. I actually went back to the Amargosa Hotel to inquire what it will be. If you weren't aware, some of the land here at the junction belongs to the Timbisha Shoshone. There is also a spring on this land. And they have chosen to develop it not with a casino or something like that, but with a marijuana growing facility! I guess that explains the tall fence they're building around the site...

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Now to Furnace Creek... When I last saw the old Death Valley Railroad locomotive in December 2015, it looked quite dilapidated and worse yet, was surrounded by yellow tape and asbestos warning signs. Now it looks
completely refurbished (and apparently the asbestos was dealt with):

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On to Zabriskie Park. Poor Old Dinah is being crowded by what looks like a major construction site. The old Date Grove area has a similar construction site.

This is all due to the forthcoming major renovations of both the Ranch and the Resort, that DV Dazed posted earlier about.

http://www.death-valley.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23119

http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la- ... story.html

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Then, across from the Inn, are very busy with the site of their former laundry facility (which burned back in 2014) and the old gas station. Info about this was also in DV Dazed's post.

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Much farther north up the Valley, I finally saw the closure at what would be the road to Scottys Castle. Here's what it looks like. Other signs I saw in the valley include the tentative reopening date of "2019."

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Finally, these "no drones!" signs are being posted in various places throughout the park:

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Post by D.A. Wright » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:38 pm

Thank you for the photos and updates.

I'm pleased with the cosmetic restoration of the locomotive and tender. I have mixed feelings about the rest of the "progress" elsewhere. I hope the raised entrance fee monies collected in recent years are being used on updates, instead of the updates resulting in higher fees.

For the past three decades I've stayed on the outter fringes of Death Valley monument/park, only coming to Furnace Creek for gas, food, drink or research in Park Service archives. From what I see I feel it will be best for me to stay away for good.
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Additional photos of Furnace Creek construction

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:49 am

Candace, thanks for the detailed and interesting report and photos. I rely on your frequent visits to the park to fill in the gaps between my rare visits.

The third week of March 2017 - four images of new workings at FC. First two are of cement slab of the new warehouse-maintenance building located just north of swimming pool and east of old maintenance works. Cement is slow due to weight limits of cement trucks on highways and distance from Pahrump - per the construction manager with whom I spoke.

The second two are of the new prefab employee housing units going in north-east of the horse stables. I had noticed these prefabs parked north of the swimming pool on prior visits to the park and wrongly assumed they were to be more hotel guest rooms. BTW- the construction manager told me in a few years an entirely new hotel will be built on or around the southwest corner of the golf course and clubhouse area.

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Re: Changes afoot in DV Junction, Furnace Creek (pics)

Post by bbb » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:27 am

Candace_66 wrote:Finally, these "no drones!" signs are being posted in various places throughout the park:

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;-)

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Post by JesPortland » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:37 pm

It's interesting it's taken this long for changes, whether or not one likes them. When I returned to DV in 2010 it had been since 1978 since I had last been to DV, 32 years. I really didn't see any changes at all. There were some changes from the sixties when the two story hotel units were built in the seventies. I actually like the ranch, have fun walking and biking around. I enjoy being s bit social there. I do see they are drip irrigating the palms again so they will be healthy. And the trees in front off the older one story motel rooms look better than they did a few years ago. Decades ago the palms between the ranch and the campground had irrigation ditches in which we floated our "boats." Same across 190 along Sunset CG.Of course i was around nine, ten or twelve or so then. Still a uncrowded NP park compared to others, even in late March when we visit. Especially this year compared to the bloom year. So many places we see no one.

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Re: Additional photos of Furnace Creek construction

Post by Candace_66 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:19 pm

Death Valley Dazed wrote:Candace, thanks for the detailed and interesting report and photos. I rely on your frequent visits to the park to fill in the gaps between my rare visits.
Thanks, but I had not been out to DVNP since last year. Quite frankly I got tired of excessive low-flying jets :roll: so I was visiting other places. But someone else who was there a couple weeks ago told me he didn't really notice any at all. And the few days I just spent there were blissfully quiet.

Back on topic...you have far more information than me about all this construction work! It sounds like the Furnace Creek Ranch area is going to look very different a few years from now.

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Re: Changes afoot in DV Junction, Furnace Creek (pics)

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Post by Candace_66 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:02 pm

I'm surprised noone has anything to say about the marijuana growing facility !? :razz: :lol:

I predict it will make more money for the tribe, than the Indian Tacos they sell at the village next to FC. ;-)

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Post by shane » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:07 pm

Candace, it may improve sales of both! :lol:

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Post by Sparky of SoCal » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:12 pm

Candace_66 wrote:I'm surprised noone has anything to say about the marijuana growing facility !? :razz: :lol:

I predict it will make more money for the tribe, than the Indian Tacos they sell at the village next to FC. ;-)
It would be unfair and politically incorrect to comment on the herb until one has tried such product. If the stuff from Hawaii is called Maui Wowie I wonder what the Tribal stuff will be called?

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Post by MojaveGeek » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:48 pm

Ha, I only just saw this post, been busy. I saw that big thing at the end of 190 and thought "strange place to be building a strip mall?" Indeed, better business than a casino!

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Post by D.A. Wright » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:20 pm

Candace_66 wrote:I'm surprised noone has anything to say about the marijuana growing facility !? :razz: :lol:

I predict it will make more money for the tribe, than the Indian Tacos they sell at the village next to FC. ;-)
I suppose it gives them an edge over the Longstreet next door over the state line. Until the Longstreet gets their pot license, now that pot is legal in Nevada.
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Post by D.A. Wright » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:23 pm

[quote="Sparky of SoCal]If the stuff from Hawaii is called Maui Wowie I wonder what the Tribal stuff will be called?[/quote]
Timbisha Swisher Sweet? ;-)
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Post by Sparky of SoCal » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:36 pm

It is a tough one. The best I can do is Powowie and I am so non PC I'm not sure if it insults anyone

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Post by Wingman » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:40 pm

Growing herb is quite water intensive, and that is looking like pretty good sized facility. I wonder what it's going to do to the water table around there.

What is Death Valley Junction's water source?

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