Teakettle Junction, Death Valley
GPS: 36.760016°, -117.542319°
Elevation of 4,150 feet (1,260 m). Teakettle Junction is the junction of Hunter Mountain and Racetrack roads approximately 6 miles north of Racetrack Playa and 21 miles from Ubehebe Crater. An odd custom is to place a teakettle on the signpost. Left for luck visitors take kettles to adorn the sign. You certainly know when you have reached teakettle Junction so stop and get that classic photo. After awhile the teakettles are removed by the National Park Service as litter.
An interesting supposition regarding the name could be the story about Teakettle Lane in Victorville, Ca. Teakettle Lane was a bumpy, rocky, dirt road which would jar one frantically to and fro as automobiles made their way down the little trail much like a happily whistling little teapot with rapidly boiling water would bounce on the burner of a stove.