By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 10, 2020) – In Issue 25 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps feature takes us out of the frying pan and into the fire of Death Valley.

Steve Kovacs, author of Fun With Maps (Provided) 

When You’re Hot, You’re Hot. . .

How hot can it get friends? 

OK’ let me help out here . . . The world’s hottest ambient air temperature ever recorded was 134 degrees F. In comparison, our current heat wave in Loveland area doesn’t feel all that bad. 

This world record was recorded in Death Valley, California 107 years ago. Being a rather arid area and being below sea level both help in achieving this dubious distinction.  Being only about 80 miles from hot roulette tables in Las Vegas doesn’t help at all.

Death Valley received its English name in 1849 when a number aiming to be California Gold Prospectors didn’t make the journey through the valley.  The valley became a National Park in 1933, extending its boundaries slightly into Nevada. 

Here is an 1875 map of California and Nevada by Gray.    

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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1875 map of California and Nevada by Gray (Credit Steve Kovacs)