Rhyolite Ghost Town
In Nye County, Nevada, about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, rest the remains of Rhyolite, one of the many abandoned ghost towns scattered throughout the American west. The town became a booming hub near a promising gold mine during the Gold Rush in the first decade of the 1900s, but its success was short-lived: the mine was exhausted, the 1906 earthquake hit and people left in droves. By 1920, its population had dropped to zero.
Today, Rhyolite remains a popular tourist destination off the beaten path. Most of the town lies in ruin, but partial remains of the train station, school house and bank still stand as reminders of the town’s prior success.