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by Linda Hoernke
St. George, Utah
March 8, 2007
Rhyolite is located 4 miles west of Beatty, Nevada and is a mining ghost town which had over 8000 residents in the early 1900s. We walked among the ruins of the Mercantile Store and visited the triangle made up of a bank, jail house, and brothel. There is a funny story that when the residents would see someone coming up the dirt road, they would take turns locking themselves in the jail. That way it looked like they were "keeping the law." One of the houses were built solely from empty bottles that the saloon keeper supplied to a Tom Kelly. It took over 30,000 bottles to make his house.
On the outskirts of Rhyolite is the Gold Well Open Air Museum, owned by an artist from Belguim. When he moved to the area he contacted a number of artists to add something to the desert landscape. They did and the desert floor is dotted with huge ghostly figures of The Last Supper along with giant iron sculptures of a miner.
From journal Day Trips into Death Valley
by Katie Morgan
San Antonio, Texas
July 20, 2000
From journal Rhyolite - a Nevada Ghost Town