Good Samaritans of Death Valley
In the early part of the twentieth century, Beck, a prospector, became lost on the Great American Desert and nearly perished for want of water. In what could have been his final moment, Beck fell to his knees to pray for his Maker's salvation. He made a promise to spend the rest of his life rescuing others from a similar fate if he could be spared. At that moment, Beck was nuzzled by Rufus, whose nose and paws were wet. The dog had found water! A promise made is a debt unpaid. This is the little-known story of one man and his dog's pioneering effort to sign desert watering places before the USGS and Auto Club had done so.