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Rhyolite Nevada & Creech AFB

Rhyolite 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.
Industrialist Charles M. Schwab bought the Montgomery Shoshone Mine in 1906 and invested heavily in infrastructure, including piped water, electric lines and railroad transportation, that served the town as well as the mine. By 1907, Rhyolite had electric lights, water mains, telephones, newspapers, a hospital, a school, an opera house, and a stock exchange. Published estimates of the town's peak population vary widely, but scholarly sources generally place it in a range between 3,500 and 5,000 in 1907–08.
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 it more difficult to raise development capital. In 1908, investors in the Montgomery Shoshone Mine, concerned that it was overvalued, ordered an independent study. When the study's findings proved unfavorable, the company's stock value crashed, further restricting funding. 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 dropped well below 1,000. By 1920, it was close to zero.
After 1920, Rhyolite and its ruins became a tourist attraction and a setting for motion pictures. Most of its buildings crumbled, were salvaged for building materials, or were moved to nearby Beatty or other towns, although the railway depot and a house made chiefly of empty bottles were repaired and preserved. From 1988 to 1998, three companies operated a profitable open-pit mine at the base of Ladd Mountain, about 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Rhyolite. The Goldwell Open Air Museum lies on private property just south of the ghost town, which is on property overseen by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Awesome pictures, thanks!

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cool they repaired the glass bottles house.

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Rhyolite's most distinctive art exhibit is this re-creation of Jesus' Last Supper.

The sculpture was created in 1984 by artist Albert Szukalski, based on the famous Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece.

But instead of disciples wearing white robes, this version features only the white robes.

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There are actually two glass bottle houses, one not restored.
Old beer bottles and broken glass are everywhere, must get pretty thirsty mining in the desert

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Creech AFB... Nothing special about it really... I remember when I got out of the Air Force, driving back to my home town from Oklahoma, I had to go through NV... I had a drone take off from Creech and followed me for 30+ miles along the road way... I was wondering if the Air Force was spying on me, but then thought back to where I was and remember the exercises being run in the NV desert, again of which nothing of it is special...

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But I LOVE exploring the NV and Cali deserts. Grew up in Death Vally. (Well, right outside of it.)

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like the invisible white cape guys

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Ill have to fine this place next trip home from AZ.

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Nice pics, thanks!

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