Death Valley – Rhyolite ghost town next to Death Valley

Death Valley - Rhyolite ghost town next to Death Valley

On your trip down the west coast of the US, if you have planned to approach the National Park Death Valley (Death Valley) to walk the desert road, you will have the opportunity to see the ghost towns that remain in the area, which are the sample of a thriving mining past.

The ghost town of Death Valley highlight is Rhyolite, population early last century was home to 10,000 people, which made ​​him the largest city in the entire area.

Rhyolite actually find northeast of Death Valley , outside the boundaries of the national park, 52 kilometers from the visitor center of Furnace Creek, which is near the connection to Route 95, and in the state of Nevada.

Death Valley - Rhyolite ghost town next to Death Valley

History of Rhyolite

Rhyolite was born in 1904, in the wake of discovery quartz mine.

As was expanding mining in the area, Rhyolite was expanded with shops, hotels, schools and banks. Specifically, the tallest building rose three floors, was the site of a bank.

Death Valley - Rhyolite ghost town next to Death Valley

The village once had two churches and 50 classrooms.

In April 1907 came the electricity Rhyolite, but the financial crisis that erupted that year was the beginning of the end of the boom in this town. Economic activity was declining dramatically and Rhyolite in 1910 and only had 600 inhabitants.

In 1911 the main mine area, closed Montgomery Shoshone , and in 1916 cut off the electrical supply to the city.Today, in the ghost town of Rhyolite, at the gates of Death Valley , only find remains of some buildings, the most notable being the three plants that was once home to the bank of the city, as well as the former prison.

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