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Rhyolite is located 4 miles west of the town of Beatty, Nevada on HWY 374, close to the East entrance to Death Valley National Park.

The town of Rhyolite was born as a result of a gold strike made in August of 1904 by Shortly Harris and Ed Cross. It is estimated that between 3,500 and 8,000 people lived in Rhyolite during the boom years of 1905 to 1910. Declining rapidly through 1914. By 1919 the post office closed, everyone had gone and Rhyolite became a ghost town.

In her heyday, Rhyolite had 3 water systems, 3 train lines, telephone and telegraph office, electricity, over 50 mines in the Townsite, 3 newspapers, an opera house, a symphony, baseball teams, tennis courts, 3 swimming pools, 2 undertakers, 3 hospitals, 8 physicians, 2 dentists, 19 lodging houses, 18 grocery stores, 53 saloons, a Catholic and Presbyterian church and a very extensive Red Light District.

Amazing for a town with 15 years of history, huh?

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  • Pros:interesting guide to history
  • Cons:hard to reach
  • In a nutshell:true ghost town
  • Last visit to Rhyolite: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 13, 2004
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