Magazine article Sunset

Nevada's Elegant Ghost: Rhyolite

Magazine article Sunset

Nevada's Elegant Ghost: Rhyolite

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Visit a forgotten boomtown just north of Las Vegas

During the town's heyday, the view from the grand Las Vegas-Tonopah Railroad Depot in Rhyolite, Nevada, swept across a mining town of 10,000. "Up there at the top of the town, you could catch a breeze, and you got a view of the entire valley below," says Bureau of Land Management archaeologist Patricia McCoy.

Costing $130,000 to build, the elegant mission-style building made a fitting partner for the opera house, the stock exchange, and the numerous hotels that had blossomed since Rhyolite's 1904 gold strike. But by the time the depot opened in 1908, Rhyolite was already dying, as mining economics hit hard times,

Gaze over Rhyolite from that old depot today and you'll see one of the West's most picturesque ghost towns, backed by the distant Funeral Mountains in Death Valley. The site makes for a rewarding walk: You'll see a jail, a schoolhouse, a general store, the three-story Cook Bank (Nevada's most photographed building). And there's the famous Bottle House, built in 1906 of beer, whiskey, soda, and medicine bottles because lumber was scarce (caretakers give free tours in winter). …

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