in 2006 i visit the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel and had the honor to meet Martha Becket . The House and Hotel is a historic building located in Death Valley Junction, California. Resident artist Marta Becket staged dance and mime shows there from the late 1960s until her final show in February 2012.The Death Valley Junction is owned by the nonprofit established by Becket for the preservation of the property and had a population of 4 in 2008.
Marta Becket rented the recreation hall in 1967, when it was known as Corkhill Hall, she began repairs, created the sets, and painted murals on the adobe walls and renamed it the Amargosa, the original name of the former mining town. In 1970, journalists from National Geographic discovered Becket doing a performance at the Amargosa Opera House without an audience. Their profile and another in Life led to an international interest in Becket and her theater. She began performing to visitors from around the world.
The theater was part of a company town designed by architect Alexander Hamilton McCulloch and constructed in 1923–25 by the Pacific Coast Borax Company. The U-shaped complex of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style adobe buildings included company offices, employees’ headquarters, a dormitory and a 23-room hotel with a dining room, lobby and store. At the northeast end of the complex was a recreation hall used as a community center for dances, church services, movies, funerals and town meetings. Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, is listed as one of the top 10 haunted hotels in the US.