Rhyolite Ghost Town, Nevada
Nye County – Nevada
36° 54′ 14″ N, 116° 49′ 45″ W
California – Day 5:
Well not actually California, but Rhyolite Ghost Town was our first venture into the state of Nevada. Located at the eastern edge of the Death Valley, not much remains of the gold rush town, once home to 5,000 people, which was founded in 1905 as a mining camp for the Bullfrog Hills mining district. However, this new found prosperity was short lived as the richest ores ran out and the financial strife following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake took their toll leaving the towns population close to zero by 1920.
After 1920 the ruins of the town of Rhyolite, which was named after an igneous rock, became a popular filming location which is now managed as a tourist attraction by the Bureau of Land Management. Ruins can still be seen of the railway station, school, one of the banks, and the prison, as well as a caboose from the Union Pacific railway which once functioned as the towns gas station.