• Rhyolite Ghost Town

      Photo by Peter Thody
      Only a few of the hundreds of buildings that once lined the streets of this old mining town remain but those that do bear testament to Rhyolite's past prosperity. In the few short years from the discovery of gold in 1904 to the closure of the mine on 1911, the people of Rhyolite built a school, opera house and even a stock exchange. Today's remains include bank buildings, a schoolhouse, the train depot and part of the old jailhouse.

      If you go:
      Make sure to look out for the Bottle House, constructed in 1906 from tens of thousands of discarded beer bottles. Sadly, one of Rhyolite's other iconic buildings, the historic Mercantile Building, burned down after being struck by lightning in September 2014.


      Highway 374
      Rhyolite, Nevada 89003 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Visitor information (Death Valley NP)
      +1 (760) 786-3200

      Comments 4 Comments
      1. Peter Thody's Avatar
        Peter Thody -
        Wow, I didn't know about that fire. I've shot hundreds of shots of this place at sunset over the years. A real bummer about the loss of the Mercantile building.

        OOOPs.... That comment should have been made by Mark Sedenquist.... I hit the wrong screen link
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        Here is a photo of the building burning and a short article in the Las Vegas newspaper.

        This link has a couple of photos worth looking at too. The Mercantile Building before it burned and the Bottle House mentioned by Peter above.
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      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        Osie Turner has joined the staff of writers on Living-Las-Vegas and his first article is about the famous gravesite of Mona Belle in Rhyolite.