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"pay a visit to Mr. Zabriskie,..." Historical Sites Tip by Sergiuz


Favorite thing: pay a visit to Mr. Zabriskie, of course! :)) As a matter of fact, this sightseeing site borrows its name from <B>Christian Breevort Zabriskie</B>, a 36-year veteran of the <B>Pacific Coast Borax Company</B> that once operated in the area. In fact, In 1873, <B>borax</B>, the so-called white gold of the desert, was discovered in Death Valley, and its harvesting and mining soon followed. In 1927, in response to growing interest in the area, the company opened the <B>Furnace Creek Inn</B> to provide more luxurious accommodations to travelers. Moreover, it was officials of the Pacific Coast Borax Company who brought the beauty of Death Valley to the attention of the National Park Service. On February 11, 1933, President Hoover signed a bill creating Death Valley National Monument, and in <b>1994</B> Congress made it a <B>National Park</B>.

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