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Teakettle Junction

There are many unique and magical destinations in the wild Death Valley territory, several of which stand out above others for one reason or another. The Racetrack, Grandstand, and Teakettle Junction are three locales that have endeared themselves to thousands of travelers over the years.

Teakettle Junction, by Karen Fleschler

Teakettle Junction is, as you may well know, simply a junction in an otherwise remote road system, just north of the famed Racetrack, where huge heavy boulders race across the dry lake bed and leave mysterious trails, or so it seems. For the vast majority of explorers out here, Teakettle Junction is passed on their way to see the boulders.

And when they come upon Teakettle Junction, they behold the magical memories post, laden with teapots of all descriptions, a one-of-a-kind landmark that changes with the passage of weeks, months, and years, as folks add new teakettles to the old wooden sign. I always take several photos of this grand old sentinel on each visit, from all angles, finding that late afternoon provides a fitting backdrop facing into the sunset.

Karen Fleschler, an accomplished artist, also finds Teakettle Junction irresistible, and has captured the ambiance in her painting. If you find this to your liking, consider a visit to her website, where you can see the full art piece in great detail, along with what she has to offer, like framed prints and greeting cards.

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2 responses

  1. Thanks for the article on Teakettle junction. You may already know this, but the old sign was replaced earlier this year. It does have an additional post for more kettles. The kettles are occasionally removed as new ones are added. Hopefully, all those who have fond memories of the junction, will still find that same feeling for the new sign. Maybe Ms.(?) Fleschler will make another journey to the junction and find inspiration to paint another picture.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

  2. Mary Ann (Wopschall) Jehlen

    My father owned Saline Valley ranch across from Hunter Canyon st the south end of Saline. He owned the fresh water lake and most of the salt lake. The trams came across his land. I’m writing a book which will include dozens of never before seen photos of not only our property but the old mines, letters from old timers, letters from folks who broke down and had to stay at the ranch, letters from teachers, surveys, photos of old signs, deeds, etc. I hope to visit the valley again with my brother and husband some day. Fish and Game bought our ranch. In Bill Mann’s book”Mysterious and Remote Saline Valley” you can see photos of my Dad’s rock reservoir and many other photos taken on the ranch. What a place!

    June 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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