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Rhyolite Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 137 photos

Gold was the impetus for Rhyolite's short liefspan - basically 1905-1910. Big brick buildings were erected with a confident eye to the future. Train lines, newspapers, banks and six thousand people flocked here at the town's peak in 1908. The streets downtown boasted electric lights. By 1920, the town was empty. Recent years have seen an Australian gold mining firm spend a $100 million bringing in newer strip mining and cyanide processing techniques to comb over the old goldfields in a much more 'complete' fashion. You can wander about the old townsite which is preserved after a fashion under the guise of the BLM - Bureau of Land Management. Most travellers can make the short side trip to Rhyolite off the highway connecting Furnace Creek in Death Valley to US 95 in nearby Beatty.

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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2006 at 2:46 PM

    Don't think I'd boast if my town had a nuclear waste facility. yikes!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2006 at 2:54 PM

    Sad to see that old railroad station standing empty – but at least it's still standing! Nice photos and interesting tips.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2006 at 10:07 AM

    Rhyolite: fine grained volcanic rock made of quart, feldspar and glass and with the same composition as granite... Went to Moscow, or more exactly Pulman last February... Hope all is well for you!


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