"~Rhylolite~A town not lost!" Top 5 Page for this destination Rhyolite by Yaqui
Rhyolite Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 139 photos
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:A great way to explore with your family~
- Cons:No services other than a restroom
- In a nutshell:Beautiful landscape surrounds you here~
Although you might think your out in the middle of nowhere, there are restrooms here. They were clean and have cleaning... more travel advice
Bullfrog was another mining town, but not as substanial as Rhyolite. Quartz and gold was discovered in the nearby hill... more travel advice
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