|Amargosa Opera House
Valley Junction was headquarters for the Pacific Borax Company from 1920 to 1940. Pacific Borax Company built a town at a
railroad junction to house the workers that mined for them. This town was named Amargosa.
Amargosa Death Valley Junction hired an architect by the name of Alexander Hamilton McColloch to design an adobe u shaped
colonial style combination of housing units to house the miners. A post office and meeting hall was added to this housing
project they called the meeting hall Corkhill Hall.
Corkhill Hall was built in 1923 and completed by 1924. Amargosa Death Valley Junction was a prosperous town until the 1940's. Death Valley
Junction reached a decline in prosperity which caused people to abandon the town.
Amargosa Death Valley Junction remained an empty town until 1968 when in July Marta Beckett a New
York Dancer of the arts arrived. Marta began the painstaking process of cleaning and fixing
up the housing units and Corkhill Hall which was soon to be renamed Amargosa Opera House and Hotel. Marta hand painted
the murals on the wall in both the hotel and opera house. In the opera house all of the murals she painted took four
long years to complete after which she began painting the ceiling which took an additional two summers to complete. After
the opera house and hotel was complete she opened it up to the public where she dance's for people who come from all over
the world to see her perform. Marta does all of her own performances and costume designs.
On December 10th 1981 Death Valley Junction was
listed in the register of historic places. In April of 1984 the performances by Marta in the Amargosa opera house paid
for a 26,500.00 mortgage of Death Valley Junction which inspired Marta to perform her premier titled
"The Second Mortgage" which took place on November 23rd 1983. Marta still
performs for her audience on Saturday’s and the hotel is open year round. For more details on Marta and Amargosa Hotel
and Opera House visit the site at
We did our Amargosa investigation with the help of the Criss
Angel "Mindfreak" production team and A&E. We would like to express our gratitude to the Amergosa owner Marta Becket
and the rest of the crew for making this investigation possible! The show should be airing as their Halloween special, so
stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.