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Mar 1, 2016 - ghost town

As we drive the back roads, we see a number of ghost towns listed on our map. However, there is nothing but building foundations to see at most of them. Rhyolite is an exception. Considering that the town was really only in existence for fifteen years and that was over one hundred years ago, it’s amazing how much has survived intact. As we explored the place signs warned us not to wander far, because of rattlesnakes. I wondered if there really were snakes or if this was an economical way to keep tourists from destroying what still...

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Apr 16, 2015 - Rhyolite (Ghost Town)

The town began as a very small mining camp in early 1905 with a population of two people. When gold was found a short time later thousands of people moved to the area with most settling in the camp at Rhyolite. The town grew to a population of 1200 in two weeks and grew to a population of 2500 by June/July 1905. Rhyolite became a modern town as the mine operations expanded. The mines were eventually purchased by Charles M. Schwab. He not only expanded the mining operations but heavily invested in the communities infastructure. By 1907 the...

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Apr 12, 2011 - Rhyolite Ghost Town

Our group of 8 high profile vehicles went for a day trip to Titus Canyon. Our first stop was the ghost town of Rhyolite. It was an early mining town founded in 1905. By 1907 the population was between 8000 & 10,000. It was called the Chicago of the west with 3 railroads. The one gold mine was closed in 1911 with a quick decline of population. Goldwell Open Air Museum is located on the edge of Rhyolite. The modern art is in the great outdoors.

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Alaska Again 2011

Oct 3, 2007 - Another bizarre day in the desert...

What a crazy day! Temperatures reached 100 degrees, no wind or cloud in sight. Aside from the amazing landscape, Death Valley is known for its' ghost towns. So, we headed to Rhyolite just outside Death Valley in Nevada. It's the largest ghost town in Death Valley. We drove over the eastern ridges of Death Valley into the flatter land of Nevada. Rhyolite was founded on a miner finding a chunk of gold in the hills worth $600. Investors had big dreams of success and found only sand and dept. At one point the town boasted 10,000 people from...

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