By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson) 

LOVELAND, OH (July10, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we seek cool comfort recalling the hottest day on earth ever recorded.   


On July 10, 1913, the world’s highest temperature was recorded at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley.  The record number? A blistering 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

Not only is this an anniversary date of the world’s record, but with the heat wave out West, there is a possibility that Death Valley temperatures could tie, or possibly break that this week.  Death Valley temperatures are expected to reach the low 130s all week.

Greenland Ranch, now called Furnace Creek, is the Death Valley National Park headquarters.  It is located in California and houses the visitor center and museum for the park.  Besides the world record for highest temperature, Furnace Creek holds another world record – the lowest altitude golf course in the world, teeing in at 214 feet below sea level. 

Furnace Creek was formerly the center of mining for the Pacific Coast Borax Company, famous for the 20-mule teams that hauled the laundry detergent ingredient across the desert.

Here is an attractive pictorial map of Death Valley from the 1940s by Kaufman.

Death Valley – Pictorial circa 1940’s (Credit Steve Kovacs)

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

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.