A Short Timeline of DVJ’s Existence
The town of Death Valley Junction was established in 1907 with the T & T Railway line, which carried Borax from the area to southern California. In 1924 the Pacific Coast Borax Company built the complex which today houses the Amargosa Opera House & Hotel, Amargosa Opera House and Amargosa Cafe. By 1940, the last train had run through the area; the building has since passed through several owners. In 1967, Marta Becket, a ballet dancer from New York City, moved to the town and transformed the social hall into the Amargosa Opera House. She took six years to paint the walls and ceiling with a renaissance audience. Today, we offer daily Opera House tours and performances from October through May. Destination: Death Valley Junction’s mission is to continue the artistic legacy of Marta Becket and ensure the survival historic DVJ. We are working on the restoration of the adobe buildings and hope you enjoy your stay in our remote desert location.