National Geographic : 1970 Jan
Man-made oasis: Vacationists con verge each winter on palm-shaded Furnace Creek Ranch and distant Furnace Creek Inn, in this aerial view a mere speck of green at the far end of an arrow-straight water channel, cen ter. The inn stands beside the wash where gold seekers trudged into the valley in 1849. Fred Harvey, Inc., owns both resorts. Guests arriving by plane land on the runway, fore ground, 220 feet below sea level. Clear waters and clean, dry air in vigorate swimmers relaxing at the inn. Golfers must swing harder at the ranch's 18-hole course. Heavier below sea-level air requires more club, says resident professional Albert J. Yates. Here a putt heads across velvety green for the 7th hole.