Rhyolite, Nevada

Rhyolite is a ghost town location just outside of the Eastern edge of Death Valley National monument in Nye country, Nevada.  Founded in 1905 by Shorty Harris when he discovered quartz with load of “Free Gold”, Rhyolite started as a gold mining camp in the surrounding Bullfrog mining district.

Rhyolite, Nevada photo by Destination4x4.com

Rhyolite, Nevada photo by Destination4x4.com

As was common with gold rush towns, Rhyolite quickly developed all of the modern amenities of day, including newspapers, schools, hospitals and electrical power.

The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and a financial panic of 1907 dried up capital investment which doomed the town, which closed in 1911.  Today, several building shells still exist, along with the infamous Bottle House, and outdoor museum.  The town is accessible via paved roads, which ruins the “ghosttown” effect and detracts a bit from the location.  In spite of this, it is easily accessible and worth a stop when you are in the area.

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