Railroads of Death Valley

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Rail series is Railroads of Death Valley from local author Robert P. Palazzo. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

Railroads have played an important part in the history of Death Valley. The Pacific Coast Borax Company first used the Death Valley Railroad to transport its ore to market and then to transport Death Valley tourists to its Furnace Creek Resort.

Death Valley Scotty’s leap to national fame came as a direct result of his chartering a private train to break the Los Angeles to Chicago speed record. The Carson & Colorado Railroad on the west and the Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad on the east provided support to Death Valley’s mining activity, its associated boomtowns, and early tourism.

Highlights of Railroads of Death Valley:

  • Manors and mills
  • Churches and schools
  • Commerce
  • Home, faces and places

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Its mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.