Monday, February 11, 2013

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Just up the hill from the Goldwell Open Air Museum you can see some of the ruins from the ghost town of Rhyolite.  I like most people expected to see old wooden building but this was not the case as you can tell from the ruins of the Cook Bank below.

The town is named for rhyolite, and igneous rock but the rock everyone wanted was gold.  In 1905 mining camps sprang up and soon the town began to grow with the mining company. There was even a railroad station,  which is still standing.

The building I most wanted to see was the Tom Kelly Bottle house made from old beer bottles.  It is the only building that was restored because Hollywood wanted to use it in a movie.

I would have liked to have gone it but it was closed and fenced off. 





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