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Near Beatty in Nye County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Rhyolite

 
 
Rhyolite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 27, 2020
1. Rhyolite Marker
Inscription.  In 1904 Frank “Shorty” Harris and Ed Cross found green-colored, high grade gold ore. The resulting gold rush created the Bullfrog District. Its premier community was Rhyolite. Platted in 1905, it quickly grew into the largest city in southern Nevada. Eventually served by three water systems and three railroads, the Tonopah and Tidewater, the Bullfrog Goldfield, and the Las Vegas & Tonopah - whose 1908 depot still stands - Rhyolite boomed. By 1907 it claimed a population of 6,000. With the economic collapse of 1907, and the closure of Charles Schwab's Montgomery Shoshone Mine in 1910, the town died. By 1920 only 14 residents remained. During its heyday, the lack of local timber supplies led to concrete and adobe being used for most buildings, though three buildings were built from empty bottles with one still standing today. The town's growth was fast, and its demise nearly as fast. Today, Rhyolite stands as a testament to the mining heritage of southern Nevada.
 
Erected by E Clampus Vitus, and Bureau of Land Management.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this
Rhyolite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 27, 2020
2. Rhyolite Marker
The ghost town can be seen in the distance, at right.
topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 36° 53.391′ N, 116° 49.627′ W. Marker is near Beatty, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker is on Rhyolite Road just north of Goldbar Road, on the left when traveling north. 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. 0.4 miles away); Welcome to Rhyolite (approx. 0.6 miles away); Titus Canyon Road (approx. 2.4 miles away); Desert Hills Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Beatty (approx. 4.1 miles away); Old Boundary (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
Railroad Depot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 27, 2020
3. Railroad Depot
Cook Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 27, 2020
4. Cook Bank Building
Bottle House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 27, 2020
5. Bottle House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 10, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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