Near Beatty in Nye County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Welcome to Rhyolite
Remember the past by exploring the present!
Gold was discovered in this area in 1904. Several mining camps quickly grew around the discoveries. The town of Rhyolite was founded in 1905 and became the city of dreams; dreams of gold, prosperity, greed, and speculation.
By 1906 Rhyolite was turning into a modern town with indoor plumbing, electricity, and other luxuries. However, the dream was short lived. The mines began to fail and by 1910 people were leaving and the mines were closing.
“Today is payday at the mines and if you want to stay around, you will undoubtedly hear the bawdy music that pierces the silences of the night air, the hard laughter of the girls, and the rowdy voices of the miners.” - Kate Graves.
Today, most of the town has disappeared from the landscape. Some buildings were moved to new towns. Others fell down or were taken apart for their materials. We invite you to explore and try to imagine what this once thriving town was like in 1907.
Rhyolite at a Glance - 1907
Named for the prevailing rock in the area.
Estimated population: 5,000 - 8,000 people.
Boom years: 1905-1911.
18 grocery stores
19 lodging houses
35 gaming tables
Erected by Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 36° 53.859′ N, 116° 49.775′ W. Marker is near Beatty, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker can be reached from Rhyolite Road 1.4 miles north of Nevada Route 374, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located near the Bottle House parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beatty NV 89003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rhyolite's District of Shadows (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rhyolite (approx. 0.6 miles away); Titus Canyon Road (approx. 2.8 miles away); Desert Hills Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Beatty (approx. 4.1 miles away); Old Boundary (approx. 9.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 4, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.