Rhyolite, Nevada Ghost Town — 24 Comments

  1. Wow, I don’t know what to say; you have struck up yet another memory in my life. I faintly remember that my father LOVED ghost towns, and took us to one when I must have been about 8 years old. It was in California, but all I remember was that it was like an outdoor museum. Looking your your amazing photos, it makes me think how ghostly these places really are. To see OLD, broken glass still in its place, without anyone touching it since who knows when, is chilling, a frozen moment from time. AND THAT HOUSE… is full of stories of who built it, how, when, and who lived there.

    Compelling photography dear Mary!

  2. Oh I wish I could be there…. I love the bottle house and to listen to the wind on such a place is like hearing a story from a time many moons ago :o)

  3. What a FABULOUSLY cool ghost town! I have fallen in love with the Bottle House!! Definitely the highlight of my day! It would be really cool to live there! You always find the neatest places to visit.

  4. Oh Mary, I LOVE this ghost town! This is right up my alley. Call me crazy, but I think that bottle house is pretty and I LOVE the history built right into its walls. I can’t get over that he left the bottles intact; I figured he’d have broken off the bases and mortared over the broken edges. I wonder if the glass drew heat into the house? The town name – Rhyolite – looks and sounds like a type of stone! I’m amazed at the superspeed rise and fall of this town – that’s wild! All that work and money put into building viable buisnesses and homes for just a few years?! Fascinating!

    • The bottle house was great, and yes, all that history. I think he left the bottles intact just because it was probably easier. I read an article about it, and he built it pretty fast. Rhyolite is a stone, so you are correct there. It is crazy how fast these little gold mining towns appeared, then disappeared.

  5. What a place. There is something very special about ghost towns, the history still in the walls if people have all but abandoned them. That house made of bottles is really cool.

  6. Wow, so cool. Love the bottle house! The only ghost town I’ve ever been to is Bodie – which I’ve been to several times. So cool to visit these places and think about what life was like back then.

  7. We just love seeing cool spots like these. Can’t imagine a bottle house, but it is interesting looking. I guess it could be considered a polka dot house.

  8. The bottle house is incredible. What a cool house. Thanks for photographing it so well!!!

    And I had to laugh about the 50 bars in what was still a pretty small town :)

  9. These photos of the ghost town are remarkable, Mary! The beer bottle house is so cool! Can’t imagine the colors under the sun. :)
    Thank you for sharing! :)

  10. Hello, the bottle house is very cool. Wonderful find and photos. Enjoy your day!

  11. Your photographs are amazing. You really captured the feel of those buildings and the desolation.

    Some tourist bureau needs to be paying you. Because you’re really making me want to explore the Southwest.

  12. I love old things like this, that glass house was so cool. Was there a lot of light on the inside? I wondered if all those bottles let in lots of light.

  13. I LOVE that type of thing! I love history and I would find that place fascinating. I wish there were places like that in our part of the country. Thanks for sharing, it’s the next best thing to being there! :)

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