Rhyolite Ghost Town
Rhyolite Ghost Town
off Highway 374
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In 1904 two prospectors found quartz all over a hill which was "full of free gold". Soon the rush was on and camps were set up in the area including the townsite called Rhyolite. The name was derived from the silica-rich volcanic rock in the area. The most prominent mine in the area was the Montgomery Shoshone mine which prompted everyone to move to Rhyolite. This boomtown once had a 3 story building, a stock exchange, board of trade, red light district, hotels, stores, a school for 250 children, an ice plant, two electric plants, foundries, machine shops and a miner's union hospital. Today you can see several remnants of Rhyolite. The 3 story building still has some walls standing and so does an old jail. A privately owned train depot was restored and so was the Bottle House. The Bottle House was made out of whiskey bottles by a miner. This house was restored in 1925 by Paramount Pictures. Rhyolite is located 35 miles from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park. Drive towards Beatty, Nevada. Before you reach Beatty, take a paved road north (left) from Highway 374. It will take you right into the ghost town. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Please clean up after your pet. Remember to watch out for rattlesnakes.
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