Death Valley Days TV Series
Anybody who grew up in the 1960s probably remembers the western Death Valley Days. It started in 1930 on radio, and moved to television in 1952, running for 23 years with the Pacific Coast Borax Company as its sponsor.
For the first 12 years, the show was hosted by a character called “The Old Ranger” played by Stanley Andrews. In 1964, Ronald Reagan took over as host and also appeared in acting roles. It was his last professional work as an actor before entering politics.
One of the longest-running television series, the show was filmed in and around Death Valley.
As the continuing sponsor, the U.S. Borax and Chemical Corporation (which Pacific Coast Borax Company became following a merger) was given a Special Trustees Award as part of the Western Heritage Awards ceremony. The series was also honored with awards from governors and historical societies.
(Heritage photography is provided courtesy of Rio Tinto Minerals)