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Rhyolite ghost town next to Death Valley

In youtrip along the west coast of the United States, if you have planned to approach the national park ofDeath Valley To travel its desert roads, you will have the opportunity to see the ghost towns that remain in the area, which are the example of a strong mining past.

He ghost town Death Valley's highlight is Rhyolite, population that at the beginning of the last century came to house up to 10,000 people, which made it the largest city in the entire area.

Rhyolite you actually find itnortheast of Death Valley, outside the margins of the national park, 52 kilometers from the visitor center of Furnace creek, which is close to the connection with Route 95, already in the state of Nevada.


Rhyolite ghost town next to Death Valley

Rhyolite's Story

Rhyolite It was born in 1904, following the discovery of a quartz mine.

As mining activity spread throughout the area, Rhyolite expanded with stores, hotels, schools and banks. Specifically, the tallest building that stood, on three floors, was the seat of a bank.

The town had two churches and 50 rooms.

In April 1907, electricity reached Rhyolite, but the financial crisis that broke out that same year was the beginning of the end of the boom in this town. Economic activity was falling dramatically and in 1910 Rhyolite already had only 600 inhabitants.

In 1911 the main mine in the area was closed, Montgomery Shoshone, and in 1916 the electricity supply to the city was cut.


Rhyolite ghost town next to Death Valley

Currently, in the ghost town from Rhyoliteat the gates of Death valley, you will only find remains of some buildings, the most prominent being the three-story building that once housed the city bank, as well as the old prison.

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