Rhyolite Ghost Town6:40:00 PM
Pushing on towards Rhyolite you'll come to the city of Beatty a small unincorporated town that has a larger hotel and a huge population of 1,100 people. The Dodge's exhaust note bounced off all the buildings and people turned their head when they heard me pull away from the stop light.
Beatty is not far from the ghost town and has a small museum. Many of the buildings from Rhyolite were salvaged for materials or moved in whole to Beatty. Once you get to Beatty you are only about 15-20 minutes from the entrance to Rhyolite and the Goldwell Open Air Museum, an open air sculpture park, that houses an eclectic collection of works by various artist.
Founded in 1904 to service the Montgomery Shoshone Mine, Rhyolite would see massive growth in 1906 when Charles M. Schwab purchased the mine and invested heavily in infrastructure. Within a year, Rhyolite had electric lights, water mains, telephones, newspapers, a hospital, a school, an opera house, two banks, a modern train depot, and a stock exchange. When the mine eventually closed in 1911 most everyone left and by 1920 just a few residents remained. Over the years most of the buildings were salvaged for building materials leaving just their ghostly shells.
Today Rhyolite is mostly ruins with just a few preserved buildings like the bottle house. The site is open to the public, just mind the signs for protected areas, and there is no overnight camping.
Location: 36°54’24.9”N 116°49’42.1”W
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