Monday, May 18, 2009

Also part of Death Valley: Scotty's Castle

Sixty miles north of Park Headquarters is Scotty's Castle. While I was stationed in Death Valley, these historic buildings were turned over the the National Park Service by the foundation which owned them. Since there were no additional funds yet provided by Congress for the operation, we had a concession company which had contracts in several other national parks, come in to provide tours and limited food service. Unfortunately, the president of that company and my park superintendent took an immediate dislike of each other to the point of not wanting to be in the same room together. So, since "concession management" was in my administrative officer position, I had to play the role of negotiator going back and forth between the two of them. Fortunately they both liked me, so the arrangement at the Castle ended up being just fine. In later years, Congress did provide the money for tour guides and maintenance positions.

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