Outside the eastern boundary of Death Valley National Park is the Death Valley Historic District and the Amargosa Hotel. The hotel is a small establishment that doesn’t provide a lot of onsite entertainment. There is a coffee shop across the parking lot, but the menu is limited. There are a lot of rooms that are not available due to a lack of enough business to pay for the refurbishing and maintenance. The highlight of the area is the old Opera House … and the painted walls and ceiling that tells the story of the once thriving mining district community. Access to the Opera House is by tour only.
This structure was built in the late 1800’s, when there wasn’t a requirement for how steep a stairway could be. This thing would be tough to manage with an armload of groceries, for sure. Hopefully, it is only used as an emergency exit.
It also provides for an interesting view out the window.
One of the things that I miss with the virus having closed the Canadian border is the ability to visit Victoria, BC. The trip is just a ferry ride … and the cost is cheap if you walk onboard … and the ferry terminal is in the main harbor in Victoria.
The old areas of town are a great location for photo shoots. Plenty of interesting visuals. I loved this claustrophobically narrow alley and one of the doorways that opens off it.
The vacant Hastings Building has an empty feeling. One can image that at night the halls are visited by ghosts of the past. But in the mid-day sun, they just look empty.
An excellent example of fine woodworking from the interior of The Hastings building in Port Townsend, WA. You just don’t find work like this anymore.