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    Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble. More »

  • Zabriskie Point Rehab Project Delayed Until Further Notice

    The popular vista site Zabriskie Point will be closed for major repairs over the 2014/2015 winter and spring seasons, but the exact date has not been determined. The site will remain open until further notice.

Bessie Penniman Johnson

Bessie Penniman Johnson

Bessie Johnson

Bessie Johnson (1872 - 1943)

Bessie Morris Penniman was born in what is now Walnut Creek, California, and raised on her father's fruit and nut ranch, Shadelands. She was one of the 150 freshmen that made up the first entering class of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in 1892. After two years of study she transferred to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she met and eventually married Albert Mussey Johnson.

In 1915 Bessie underwent a religious conversion at a revival meeting conducted by evangelist Paul Rader. Bessie later introduced her husband to Rader, which in turn led to Albert's full-fledged support for the minister. Bessie's religious fervor was given full vent at the ranch, where she conducted services and gave sermons every Sunday she was there for the white workmen.

In Chicago, Bessie was deeply involved in the Chicago Business Women's Alliance. The alliance provided social services for single working women, to which Paul Rader was a frequent guest. In 1943, Bessie was killed in an automobile accident at Townes Pass, some forty miles south of the Castle.

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