Rhyolite Travel Guide

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Rhyolite Highlights

  • Pro
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     A great way to explore with your family~ 

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     No services other than a restroom 

  • In a nutshell
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     Beautiful landscape surrounds you here~ 

Rhyolite Things to Do

  • Las Vegas & Tonopah Depot ~1909

    The first car roared in December of 1906 with supplies and passengers. But, when the town was headed into decline, the tracks were pulled up for use during WWI in 1917. So the building sat abandon until in the 1930's Pat McLauglin bought the building to be his home. Sadly, the San Francisco Corporation took over all his holdings, which including...

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  • Bullfrog- Rhyolite Cemetery

    The cemetery is about a mile away from town down a dirt road. It is so surreal because of the vast landscape of the desert with such a beautiful horizon. Many unmarkers graves, but many with some interesting headstones that tells the stories of who is at rest here.One of the most interesting personas is Panniment Ann~Mary Elizabeth Madison She was...

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  • Bullfrog Jail & Ice House ~1904

    Bullfrog was another mining town, but not as substanial as Rhyolite. Quartz and gold was discovered in the nearby hill by prospectors Frank Harris and E.L.Cross on 1904. Since Rhyolite had not been discovered, the miners would head to Beatty to celebrate and get their supplies. There is not much left of the ice house, but the jail is enough in tact...

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  • Jail~1907

    Before this jail was built, prisoners were kept at the Bullfrog jail just down the hill. What is still neat about this structure is the iron door and the bars on the windows are still in tact. So you can almost imagine what it would be like locked up in here. Still exposed to the heat or cold.

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  • Red Light District Cabin~1905

    Located in the red district, this cabin consisted of only two rooms and was considered part of many brothels. This building, the depot and the bottle house are the only buildings still intact. Although, this one has been rebuilt to save it.

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  • Cooks Bank Building ruins ~1908

    Built in 1908 at the grand cost of $90,000, it had three stories plus a basement. The post office was located in the basement, while the first floor was the bank, and the business offices were the second and third floors. The building had electric lights, steam heating, and beautiful marble floors. If you look closely at the outside, you can get a...

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  • Porter Brothers Store Ruins~1906

    The Porter Brothers had three stores in California . They moved their merchantile store from Ballarat to Rhyolite Emporium. Now that all is left is some walls, but the facade if you have a good imagination this store must have been grand.

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  • Rhyolite School House ~1909-1919

    This is the second school house built at the cost of $20,000, but sadly by the time they finished it, the town was in decline, so only half of the students were attending it. It consisted of three classrooms on the first floor and one classroom and auditorium on the second floor. It must have been grand. With some imagination you can almost see...

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  • Merchantile Store ~ 1906

    Erected in 1906, but was moved during the boom of Transvaal, then after that mining town was abandoned I am assuming it was moved to Beatty to protect it, but was eventually moved back to Rhyolite to hopefully be restored.

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  • Goldwell Open Air Museum - The Last...

    Began in 1984 when Belgian scultor Albert Szukalski created The Last Supper using live models to sculpt in actual size, wrapped them in fabric soaked in wet plaster until the plaster was almost set, then they could slip out. It was originally placed up by the train depot, but was moved to its present day location. Since then, additional artist have...

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  • Tom Kelly's Bottle House~1906

    This three bedroom house was built in 1906 using bottles that were thrown away saloon bottles. Talk about going green even during 1906;) Mr. Kelley only built it to be raffled off. The Bennet family won and lived in it until 1914. Then in 1925 the Paramount Studios wanted to make a movie here and wanted to use the bottle house so they repaired it....

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  • Overybury Building Ruins 1907

    Built in 1907 at the cost of $45,000. It was considered very modern since it had electric lights and indoor plumbing.

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  • RAILROAD STATION

    At the town's height, three railroads came into Rhyolite. The train station is evidence of what once was. After the rail lines left town, the station tried to hang on as a part-time this or that but now it simply stands as a fenced-off mute note to history.

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  • MINES

    Gold is the reason the town sprang up, but the strike didn't last long You can visit some of the old mine entrances though you can't go into the old mines since you might not come out. This mine entrance is on the eastern edge of the old townsite. Recent 'advances' in mining technologly have allowed an Australian mining company to come in and rip...

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  • BOTTLE HOUSE

    Let's see... miners and alcohol kind of go together, right? That means there might be a lot of empty bottles around. What a great and unique source of building material! Much cheaper to use the bottles than to side your house with wood where there is none. There are other bottle houses in Nevada, but none are as well-known as this one. The house is...

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  • Behind the Fence

    The Bottle House is a bit amazing, but the chain link fence surrounding it detracts mihgtily fromn the sense of being there. The lack of tourist trap clutter leads you into a fantasy visit and makes it easy to imagine a bustling town in the place of this empty space. It was one of three such houses, built by a 70-something man. True to the heritage...

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  • The Last Citizen

    On a balmy 106-degree day, the jackrabbit resting against the bleached pillar of the ruin remained oblivious to the intrusion of strangers. Born and raised a true city slicker, the thought of a rattlesnake standing as a hidden sentry in the burnt bush nearby prevented a closeup shot.

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  • Knock Knock Knocking

    This may not be Heaven's Door, but it stands solid and strong on a building that was built and soon abandoned nearly a century ago. It seems odd to come across this strong impediment in a place where no one lives, no one works and there is noting inside to protect.

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  • Movie Backdrop

    I saw the movie "The Island" only 2 weeks after visiting Rhyolite. This ruin sets the tone for desolation and environmental harshness in that film. I wonder what type of world the construction crew might have imagined their building woujld see 100 years later?

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  • Last Way Out of Town

    Coming across this statue in the open air museum on the outskirts of Rhyolite adds a strong sense of the surreal to your visit. It woujld be striking enough anywhere, but in this setting of a town with ghosts on thes deserted streets of dirt, it brings a sense of awe and unease.

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  • Cook Bank Building

    Anyway, Mr. Cook came from Goldfield, Nevada to Rhyolite in hopes of opening another Cook Bank. He started with a small building on Golden St., and it did not take long for him to decide he needed a much larger place to conduct business.This one cost him over $90,000 to build! It was the largest building in Rhyolite. No matter where you stood you...

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  • Porter Brothers Store

    This building had large plate glass windows so that you could see everything the store offered for sale. And they sold everything! Except alcoholic beverages of course!This was the second store that the Porter Brothers built in Rhyolite. This one had a basement, large show windows, and sometimes they used the first floor for dances. By the...

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  • Tom Kelly's Bottle House

    This was one of three bottle houses to be built in Rhyolite. It took Tom Kelly 5 1/2 months to complete this house. Most of the bottles used were Adulphous Busch, (You know, it's known as Budweiser today!) anyway, there are a few patent medicine bottles that were used also.

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  • Goldwell open air museum

    In the middle of nothing you can walk among the strangest of sculptures. On the way to Rhyolite is this rather remarcable re-construction of the last supper.

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  • Trains are nomore

    The station house is still there, but the tracks are gone since long time ago. Rhyolite used to populate a lot of people and you can clearly see the traces..even so on the map since one of the roads that we planned to take..weren't there either. Maybe it left with the tracks?

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  • The Open Air Museum

    In the middle of the desert, an exhibition of modern art, including a giant steel miner, the Lego-like "Venus of the Desert" and the Last Supper of the Ghosts.

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  • The Depot

    The railway died with the town, but the depot still stands in reasonable shape. It is now vacant, having housed a casino for some time.

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Rhyolite Restaurants

  • Dining Door

    by tmauceri Written Jul 22, 2006

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    This abandoned caboose features a solid picnic tabloe just outside its sagging door. It takes BYOB to a new level of BYOF - Bring Your Own Food. Tipping not required. A feral cat living in the under-renovation railroad depot across the path came a-howling as we ate, seranading us against a desert backdrop. Sandwiches courtesy of teh Beatty General Store abd Gas Station.

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Rhyolite Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning~Snakes!!!!!!!

    As soon as my son saw this he cried "Snakes!!" and keep warning his mom and dad. He doesn't know how to read very well due to his autism, but he surely understands the pictures and he well knows snakes bite and can kill. They have these posted everywhere because during the summer months all this ruins and rocks are a haven for them to hide from the...

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  • Warning to Stay Out~

    As enticing it is to explore and we all are curious creatures, but please stay out and do not walk into or crawl aroung the ruins. They are crumbling upon themselves every day. I tried to keep a safe distance, but also found myself getting way to close to the structures. So please be aware.

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  • Be Careful When Exploring

    Watch where you walk as rattlesnakes are present. It is advised not to go inside the buildings, since they are crumbly. If you do though, just be careful. Deffinately stay out of any abandonded mineshafts as they can be extremely dangarous.

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Rhyolite Favorites

  • Restrooms:)

    Although you might think your out in the middle of nowhere, there are restrooms here. They were clean and have cleaning solution for your hands. They are located up the hill across from the train depot.

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  • Ghost town...

    Ghost towns have something special. This one has buildings in stone, making the ruins even more impressive. It ain't as old as the Acropolis, but nevertheless it engenders the same feelings, stirring your imagination, and feeding the fascination which emanates from processes of decay.

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