Rhyolite, Nevada Ghost Town
So you guys already know that I love old stuff. And if I can find an old town full of old stuff, well, that’s perfect. When we decided to head to Death Valley I started looking for some ghost towns that would be near by. Rhyolite came up as probably the best in the area, and it is pretty easy to get to. There are still a lot of buildings to see, even though they are only partially there. The land is part of the BLM so it’s open to public access, and the BLM provides a little map and description of the buildings on the main street.
The first thing you come to is the bottle house. It was built in 1905 during the gold rush boom in Rhyolite. Tom Kelly built the 3 room house with 51,000 beer bottles that were donated by the 50 bars in town. There are a few medicine bottles, but it’s mostly Busch beer.
The very coolest part of the house was all the different colors of bottles. Some of them have turned purple in the sun, but a lot are green or brown.
This was shot through one of the windows. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a house that looked like this!
After the bottle house, you get to the main street of town. This was at one time a big town, by early 1900 mining town standards. The town began in 1905 and within 6 months grew to 2500 people. They had 50 bars, gaming tables, prostitution, lodging houses and more. By 1907 they had electric lights and running water for the population of 4000. In 1908 they had a school, hospital, banks and several merchants.
This railway depot was built in 1907 and 3 railroads came through Rhyolite. This is the most complete building, and we were able to go inside. Such an interesting building.
By 1910 the gold was pretty much played out and people were leaving the town. The population dropped to 675 people. All 3 banks closed in 1910, the post office closed in 1913, and the last train left in 1914. By 1920 only 14 people lived in Rhyolite.
Next to the train depot there was this old red caboose.
It was pretty cool from the outside, but the inside was amazing.
I took some great close up photos of the cracked paint to use for texture overlays.
And of course I loved looking at all the old trash that was around the town.
This was a great ghost town to visit, and if you are ever in the area I would recommend going. If you like this type of thing that is. More history on the town can be found on Wikipedia.