When we arrived at Rhyolite, our first stop was at the Goldwell Open Air Museum (see separate post on this interesting outdoor sculpture park). We also picked up a brochure for the self-guided tour of Rhyolite for $.50.
Tom Kelly Bottle House built in 1905-06.
It took him less than 6 months to build the 3-bedroom house using 30,000 bottles.
He raffled it off by selling tickets for $5 each. It was a family residence for many years.
Porter Brothers general store operated 1906-1910.
Overbury Building (1907) housed a bank and businesses. It cost $45k at the time which is over $1M today.
Cook Bank, 1908. The post office was in the basement, bank on main floor and businesses on the upper floors. The cost was $90k equivalent to over $2M today.
LV&T (Las Vegas and Tonapoh) Depot (1909). This was the largest of three train stations in Rhyolite.
Adobe Dance Hall and Brothel (1905).
Originally built as a two-room miners cabin (1905) which later became a brothel.
I bailed out these two prisoners...because I thought they were so darn cute!
Mona Bell's Grave. A "lady of the evening," she was murdered by her boyfriend. The ladies of Rhyolite would not allow her to be buried in the town cemetery, so she was buried behind the jail near the red light district. Even today her grave is visited where flowers and mementoes are left in remembrance.
We had a great time exploring this ghost town. There were such high expectations when many of the buildings were built in this town, but the dreams were dashed just a few years later.
Admission is free. Rhyolite is 4 miles west of Beatty, NV, and about 5 miles west of the entrance to Death Valley National Park.