"~Rhylolite~A town not lost!" Top 5 Page for this destination Rhyolite by Yaqui

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~My roots~

Located within the Bullfrog and Montgomery Mountain range, Rhyolite like Bullfrog sprung up from the discovery of gold and quartz. The Montgomery Shoshone Mine was vast becoming the most promising. By 1905 there were numerous saloons, lodges, restaurants, bargers, gambling houses, and weekly newspaper. In 1906 Charles Schwab bought the mine from Alexander Montgomery. Mr. Schwab invested heavly by putting in piped water, electric lines, hydro plants, and bring in the railroad. By 1907 the population boomed to 4,000. Banks were being built to accomodate wealthy and homes to accomdate the ever growing families. Sadly, like most mining towns the mines were wearing out. By 1909 the town started to decline dramactically and by 1914 the electricity was turned off.

Not much remains other than the skeletons of building of a once booming town. Sometimes when I visit places like this I take a moment, to listen to the wind and try to imagine the souls that lived here. There were so many born here and so many who died here. Although many do not like the desert, if you stand at the top of the hill looking past the town, the beautiful mountain landscapes to me are breath taking. People do not realize how much life is still here and the sounds of those who lived here, were echoing in my ears. I discovered while researching my ancestery, I had a great great uncle who lived and mined here during its heyday. I even know the street and addressed he and his wife lived at. They moved back to Texas when the mine closed up.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A great way to explore with your family~
  • Cons:No services other than a restroom
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful landscape surrounds you here~
  • Last visit to Rhyolite: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • msbrandysue's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Another great stop in California!! You represent your state so well :) Another great page!

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Great page! I enjoyed Rhyolite.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2011 at 3:35 AM

    Nice little page on Rhyolite (how on earth did they come up with that name?). One building sure had a diverse past - a casino to a church!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Thank you Dee for a trip to this ghost-town ... I believe you could imagine the souls that lived there...

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Nice page about this interesting old town. The Bottle House is quite unique and appears to be in the best shape of all the buildings. Sounds like you made a connection with souls from the past.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    What's not to like about a house made of saloon bottles (half HAVE to be beer bottles, right)? Love these old ghost towns, especially in this lovely amber light. Interesting you had relatives here, maybe that was what you heard.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Great page!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    so you did have more images of goldwell. and what an amazing depiction of the last supper. very inventive guy. nice page.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    I love deserts, and I loved your introduction to Rhyolite! The sculptures of the Last Supper are appropriately haunting for this setting, aren't they?

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Dee, what a beautifully written introduction and what a tribute to Rhyolite. I loved all the fabulous photographs and interesting information. So glad to keep up the memories.


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