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Haunted and abandoned destinations around the World

Rhyolite Ghost Town


Rhyolite, Nevada was found in 1904 on a site of golden deposit.




Location: Nye County, NV  Map

Founded: 1904

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Description of Rhyolite Ghost Town

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The story of Rhyolite starts in August 1904 when two prospectors Frank "Shorty" Harris and Ernest L. "Ed" Cross finally discovered golden ore. A sensible man or a woman would probably keep their mouths shut about the discovery. But not these geniuses. They told everyone about the finding and a new settlement appeared here in November of the same year. Lucky fellows had one hell of a company now. Well, least it was not very boring with 1500 other prospectors here. Three years in 1907 later Rhyolite already counted 6000 residents. However earthquake of San Francisco on April 18, 1906 cut the cash flow short. By April of 1910 remaining 675 citizens of the city were left in the darkness after electricity was cut. By 1920 only 14 people remained in the abandoned ghost town.


John S. Cook bank building was constructed in 1907 for $90,000. It had a bank on a first floor, a dentist and other offices on the second and third floors. Additionally it had a post office in the basement. Interior of the structure was lined by imported marble. Modern plumbing and electricity brought its residents to a new century. Too bad its owners did not foresee quick demise of the town. In early 1910 bank was closed. It was quickly stripped of its valuable and left to the elements.

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Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad depot was constructed in June 1908. Ironically it was too late for anyone to truly appreciate its beauty.

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The building on the left picture belonged to two brothers Hyram D. and Lyman D. Porter.

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Tom Kelly used about 30,000 bottles to construct his Bottle House. Most of these were indicate that the owner preferred Adolphus Busch beer.

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