Walter E. Scott (Death Valley Scotty)

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Walter E. Scott
or, Death Valley Scotty
Born Walter Edward Perry Scott
20 September 1872(1872-09-20)
Cynthiana, Harrison Co., Kentucky
Died 5 January 1954 (81)
Death Valley, California
Known for "Scotty's Castle" (Death Valley Ranch)

Walter Edward Perry Scott (September 20, 1872 - January 5, 1954), also known in the press as Death Valley Scotty, was an American gold prospector and promoter of claims in California's Death Valley, part of the Mojave Desert, that ultimately proved fraudulent. It has been reported that in his youth, starting at around age 16, Scott was a stunt rider in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show.

Selected Bibliography

  • Scott, Walter E.; Driskill, Earl C. (1955), Death Valley Scotty Rides Again: Tales Told by Death Valley Scotty, Winter of 1952-1953, at Scotty's Castle, Death Valley, Calif.: E. C. Driskill 


  • Taylor, Charles A. (1906), The Story of "Scotty," (Walter Scott): King of the Desert Mine, New York: J. S. Ogilvie Pub. 
  • Johnston, Hank (1972), Death Valley Scotty: The Man and the Myth, Yosemite, Calif.: Flying Spur Press