Rhyolite Ghost Town is a desert gem

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Why visit Rhyolite? Because it’s one of the most photogenic ghost towns in the American Southwest. Rhyolite is not like most other ghost towns. People really thought this town would last into the future. During the town’s heyday between 1905 and 1912, permanent structures were built and the town turned into the most prosperous mining town in the region. The population reached 8,000 and people had everything they needed at the time. Rhyolite had a railroad station, a telephone and telegraph office, electricity, 2 hospitals, 18 grocery stores and over 50 saloons.

Nevertheless, like many other mining towns, Rhyolite ran out of luck. By 1920, the population had dropped to almost zero and the town had become a ghost town. Today, you can only see a few remains of the more than one hundred original buildings. Anyway, stop by and you can easily feel how this place once was a booming mining…

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