Rhyolite – A Ghost Town

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On our way home from Stovepipe Wells, we decided to take the road to Beatty to get gas. Gas in Death Valley, well you know, you need a gold brick to purchase any. So we decided to drive the 26 miles to Beatty and maybe find a grocery store and stock up on veggies.

As we went UP the mountain out of Death Valley we passed through Mud Canyon.

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As we neared Beatty, Nevada, we came upon Rhyolite off to the left. A mining ghost town. A few building remained of the 1904 town. We were able to drive through the town and take photos.

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The first building we came to was Tom Kelly’s Bottle House. He erected this house in 1906 and it was restored in 1925. They used 50,000 bottles of which most of those bottles were Anheuser-Busch beer bottles.

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The first building we came to was Tom Kelly’s Bottle House. He erected this house in 1906 and it was restored in 1925. They used 50,000 bottles of which most of those bottles were Anheuser-Busch beer bottles.

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This building is the old train station. The Las Vegas/Tonopah train came here.

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This is the Cook Bank, one of two banks in town. It was erected in 1907. The building cost $90,000 to build. The vault doors weighed four tons each and the walls were almost three feet thick. The Post Office was in the basement.

The town was quite prosperous from 1905 until 1910 when the mines stopped producing. So prosperous, the town had two schools. The seconded school built to accommodate the children was never used because the town population dropped from 800 men, women and children to 675. By 1920, only 14 people were left and today it is a Ghost Town.

Beatty was a different town. We filled Miss Scarlett up with gas, toured a candy and nut store; found a hole in the wall market/hardware store and came home. It was a long day, but very satisfying.

Life is good, really good. God is before us, behind us and puts his hand on our head. That’s how much He cares for us! Awesome isn’t it!

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