Rhyolite, Nevada, is a ghost town in Nye County, in the U.S. state of
Nevada. It is in the Bullfrog Hills, about 120 miles (190 km) northwest
of Las Vegas, near the eastern edge of Death Valley. The town began in
early 1905 as one of several mining camps that sprang up after a
prospecting discovery in the surrounding hills. During an ensuing gold
rush, thousands of gold-seekers, developers, miners, and service
providers flocked to the Bullfrog Mining District. Many settled in
Rhyolite, which lay in a sheltered desert basin near the region's
biggest producer, the Montgomery Shoshone Mine. Rhyolite declined almost
as rapidly as it rose. After the richest ore was exhausted, production
fell. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the financial Panic of 1907
made raising development capital more difficult. By the end of 1910, the
mine was operating at a loss, and it closed in 1911. By this time, many
out-of-work miners had moved elsewhere, and Rhyolite's population was
close to zero by 1920. After 1920, Rhyolite and its ruins became a
tourist attraction and a setting for motion pictures.
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