Death Valley Scotty by Robert Carter
Approx. 41,520 words.
Published on September 16, 2012.
Around the beginning of the 20th Century, Walter E. Scott - Scotty to his friends - was passing through Death Valley, California, when he happened upon a dead man. Beside the corpse was a dog dying of thirst, and in the man's pocket was a piece of rock glittering with pure gold ...
So begins one of the most endearing tales to come out of the American West.