Furnace Creek, Death Valley California
In the 1920s, as it became apparent to the Pacific Coast Borax Company
that the emphasis of borax mining was swinging away from Death Valley
, leaving the region with a still-functioning railroad and comfortable living quarters at Ryan, California
, it was decided that it might be a good time to start encouraging tourist travel to the area in order to make some money off these still-usable facilities. Other factors, too, seemed to assure the probable success of such a venture including tourist travel on the railroads, the success at Stovepipe Wells Resort, and the great valley temperatures during the months from October to May.